Borscht Belt. Slang. A group of resort hotels, now mostly closed, that catered to a largely Jewish clientele in the Catskills Mountains area of New York state from the 1920s to the 1980s.
As air travel expanded and became more affordable in the 1980s, the fortunes of the Borscht Belt declined.
The entertainment venues at these hotels were a launching pad for many of the twentieth century's greatest entertainers.
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