The Pool at the Abandoned Takanassee Hotel and Country Club in Fleischmanns, New York
I shot the footage for this drone video by mistake. A client had asked me for footage of various artifacts related to a summer camp they used to attend, one of which was a pool.
This was the wrong pool. Nonetheless, I decided that the pool and the hotel it belonged to had enough historic significance that I would upload the footage anyway.
I can be forgiven for shooting the wrong site in this case. This stagnant old pool is one of many ruins from an era when the Catskills was one of America's most-popular vacation spots. You may not notice them from the ground; but from the air, the Catskills are littered with the crumbling remnants of once-grand resorts from a bygone era.
That era was already fading by the time the Takanassee Hotel and Country Club closed its doors forever in the late 1950's. Built in 1922, it had been a very popular Catskills resort for three decades. Like many Catskills resorts, however, increasing post-war affluence and the availability of air travel made more-exotic destinations available to vacationers in the 1950's, and spelled the beginning of the end of the once-profitable Catskills resort industry.
The Takanassee closed permanently in the late 1950's, and the building burned to the ground in June of 1971. On the day this video was taken (July 28, 2022), all that remained was the stagnant pool, abandoned, unmaintained, and unused except as a breeding area for mosquitoes.