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Former Brown’s Hotel In Catskills Burns Down

04/17/2012

The former Brown’s Hotel, once a popular resort in the Catskill Mountains, has burned down.

The fire, which began at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday, destroyed seven of the nine buildings in what are now the Grandview Palace condominiums in Fallsburg, N.Y. About 100 people were evacuated; no injuries were reported.

Earlier this year, the town of Fallsburg had condemned the complex for fire safety and other building code violations. An investigation into the cause of the fire reportedly is underway.

The old Brown’s Hotel in Fallsburg. A fire destroyed seven of the nine buildings in what is now the Grandview Palace condominium

Sticks and Stones: Reflections On The KJ Fire

07/13/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Among my most vivid childhood memories is sitting on the floor of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun's majestic sanctuary on the eve of Tisha B'Av, listening to Rabbi Haskel Lookstein preface the reading of the scroll of Eicha with the words, "Tonight is nineteen hundred and …years since the destruction of our holy Temple…" Hundreds of people, gripped by the mix of history and immediacy, would shed tears over a building that went up in flames, each wisp of smoke carrying a memory.

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