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Guides for Exploring New York, The New York Times

The Fallen Glory of the 'Jewish Alps,' Village Voice

This Week in Photography Books: Marisa Scheinfeld, APhotoEditor

Chatting with Photographer Marisa Scheinfeld About Her Haunting Images of The Borscht Belt, Paper Magazine 

Picturing Jewish Vacationland: The Borscht Belt, Then and Now, from the journal Perspectives on History, a publication of the American Historical Association. 

The Borscht Belt, Reading Religion

The Borscht Belt by Anne Bracegirdle (Photograph Specialist for Christie's), The Jewish Book Council 

Liebeserklärung an die Catskills (Declaration of Love to the Catskills), Jüdische Allgemeine

These Photos Of Borscht Belt Ruins Changed My Life, Jewish Daily Forward

The Borscht Belt, Upstater Magazine

Ghosts of the Borscht Belt, Tablet Magazine

The Borscht Belt, DVEIGHT Magazine

Evocative Photographs of Deserted Catskill Resorts, Flavorwire

The Romance Of Catskills Ruins Book Explores Lost Hotels and Summers, The Jewish Week

This Is What The Abandoned Hotels Of The Borscht Belt Look Like Now, Gothamist

Parting Shot, Chronogram Magazine

Silent Retreat, Paper Brigade (Jewish Book Council)

Beautiful Decay in the Borscht Belt, The Jerusalem Post

New book documents ruins of Catskills' resorts, Times Herald Record

Resorts Reborn in Decay, The New York Times

Punch Lines, Reverberating in the Ruins, The New York Times

New book explores the greatest distance - time, WAG Magazine  

Kibitzing in God's Country, Jewish Review of Books, by Neal Gabler

Broad Street Review by Anndee Hochman

Marisa Scheinfeld, On Photographing the Borscht Belt, The Cornell University Press Blog

Photographing the End of the Borscht Belt, Newsweek 

Weeds in the Borscht Belt and Other Flora, Up Close, The Wall Street Journal

Rediscovering Beauty Amid Ruins of Once Glorious Catskills, Jewish Daily Forward 

Brokedown Palace, Jewish Week 

This is All That's Left of New York's Once-Thriving Borscht Belt, Slate Magazine 

The Ruins of the Borscht Belt, Tablet Magazine 

An Interview with Marisa Scheinfeld, Jewish Women's Archive

Parting Shot: Marisa Scheinfeld, Chronogram Magazine


The Kibitz Podcast

Your hilarious and insightful guide to Jewish ideas and culture. Join journalist Dan Crane and comedian Jessica Chaffin (Ronna & Beverly) as they explore activism, Jewish atheism, anti-semitism, love, sex, comedy, death and more 

Episode 19: The Catskills—A Brief History

What did Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers and Wilt Chamberlain have in common? Why did Jews on vacation need so much entertainment? How did the Catskills become the epicenter of Jewish middle-class vacationing and why did it collapse almost as quickly as it began? Who's putting baby in the corner—and why? Hosts Dan Crane and Jessica Chaffin explore the history of the Catskills with documentarians Caroline Laskow and Ian Rosenberg, scholar Eddy Portnoy, and photographer Marisa Scheinfeld. 

Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast

Episode #120: Borscht Belt with Marisa Scheinfeld

NYPL presents The Borscht Belt

This illustrated lecture features photographs and history of the Borscht Belt and the abandoned sites where resorts, hotels and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York.  Recorded on May 17, 2017.

Doin' it with Mike Sacks and Rob: Listen here or below. Interview at 55:19 mark. 

Borscht Belt Bacchanal on Arts and Seizures: Heritage Radio Network

Interview on Pawling Public Radio with Louis Inghilterra (17 year old Radio Show Host)

WJFF | Radio Catskills

Podcast, Yiddish Book Center 

The Borscht Belt: Past, Present & Future, The Brian Lehrer Show/WNYC

Interview, Joe Donahue Show/WAMC's Roundtable

Interview, The Bill Newman Show

Classic Catskills Special Edition, The Times Herald Record

In this special Classic Catskill, Times Herald-Record executive editor Barry Lewis tours Grossinger's with photographer and author Marisa Scheinfeld, whose new book, "The Borscht Belt" documents the ruins of what was the Catskills, visiting more than 40 deserted hotels and bungalow colonies in Sullivan and Ulster counties.

The Jewish Daily Forward accompanies Marisa to the Borscht Belt. Journalist: Abigail Jones. Videographer: Yermi Brenner

Inside Edition's Steven Fabian (and crew) visits the Borscht Belt with Marisa Scheinfeld. Special appearance by Jackie Horner.

Christian Niedan interviewed photographer Marisa Scheinfeld about her new exhibition "Echoes of the Borscht Belt", opening at Yeshiva University Museum September 10th, 2014