Bedroom sets, kitchen appliances and office equipment went on sale Tuesday as a bankruptcy trustee began auctioning off the assets of the former Grossinger's Hotel and Country Club, once the Catskill Mountains' grandest resort.
From the 1940s into the 1960s, the 600-room hotel symbolized borscht-belt grandeur, booking top comics and entertainers. It launched singer Eddie Fisher's career, and boxing champions such as Rocky Marciano trained there. Business declined in the 1970s, and Grossinger's closed in 1986, a year after the family sold it to an investment group called Grossinger's Associates.
The investors had planned to reopen the resort in 1989 but filed for bankruptcy this year. Court-appointed bankruptcy trustee Barbara Balaber-Strauss ordered the auction to liquidate assets such as a Zamboni ice resurfacer, walk-in refrigerators, gold-edged mirrors and hundreds of drinking glasses.