Posted in music | venues on December 6, 2013

Kutsher's, as seen at ATP NY 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Kutshers

Thank you music festival ATP NY for recently bringing back some of the old glory to Kutsher's and allowing me to experience its kitschy splendor, a pleasure future generations will never know...

The sale of the last iconic Catskills resort was finalized late Wednesday, according to Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency Chairman and county Legislator Ira Steingart.

Once the site of legends like Wilt Chamberlain, Mickey Mantle and Jerry Seinfeld, the century-old, family-operated Kutsher's Country Club is being transformed into a $90 million Nature Cure Lifestyle Management Center.

"We need resorts like this in Sullivan County," Steingart said.

The 1,300-acre resort, both its man-made and natural lakes, and all its properties outside Monticello were sold to Veria Lifestyle, which is connected to the Veria Living media conglomerate.

Veria's management has said it hopes to start demolition very soon with the opening expected next spring. Steingart said the timeline is aggressive but he's eager to get the property back on the tax rolls and create hundreds of expected jobs.

"I'm very excited about the closing," he said. [Times Herald-Record]

In 2009 we mentioned that the old Catskills resort was for sale, but that didn't stop ATP from returning there, their final year there, in 2010 (ATP then moved to Asbury Park and then to NYC and then didn't do a festival in NY at all in 2013).

Kutsher's, as seen at ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Kutchers

Watch a trailer for a documentary about the Catskills resort, below...

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Comments (23)

RIP to the best ATP venue ever. Had some great times all three years there.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 2:11 PM

I second that shit. But it is nice that the world is getting a Nature Cure Lifestyle Management Center. We need more of those.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 2:14 PM

Didn't make it to ATP but went here with my family years and years ago. Fun place before it started getting run-down.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 2:20 PM

Will ATP come back to NY? How about Tom Waits or Aphex Twin as curators?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 2:22 PM

I banged some hookers there once. Bachelor party. good times, good times.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 2:23 PM

Not selling enough tix and having to add Frank Ocean as a headliner kinda sealed the fate of ATP not returning to NY.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 2:27 PM

Unless Reykjavik is part of the US, no.


Barry said that after the Pier 46 fiasco (which I still had fun at) he was done with US events

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 2:44 PM

There's gotta be holiday resorts in the US for future ATP's. I refuse to believe there will never be another one over here. Even if they book it in the middle of nowhere, all they would have to do is get band to headline that draws slightly more than their usual headliner (like, instead of Shellac headlining, get Fugazi to reform or something).

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 2:54 PM

That is a fucking bummer... despite ATP going down the tubes, I always hoped someone would try to recreate the Kutsher's experience one more time.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 3:03 PM

I'm gutted reading this. The three ATP festivals at Kutsher's were hands down some of the best events I've ever attended. Loved everything about Kutsher's faded glory.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 3:08 PM

I had the time of my life there. Never felt that way before.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 3:10 PM

So fucked.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 3:36 PM

What exactly is Nature Cure Lifestyle Management?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 4:32 PM

Go walk amongst the pines to remind you to spend more time with your kids and less on Facebook?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 4:38 PM

it's where yuppies (aged hipsters that join the evils of babylon) go to get closer to nature

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 4:40 PM

How come no yids saved the joint?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 6:40 PM

semi clever 3:10.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 7:01 PM

The ATPs were really great there. Glad I made it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2013 10:20 PM

A Catskills institution!
My father used to work there as a valet.
He worked with Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Graham.

Posted by spikenyc | December 7, 2013 11:11 AM

ATP in asbury park was a good venue... How come they didn't stay there? That was an amazing time. (Albeit Portishead was headlining, so it probably would have been amazing even if it was held at the bodega on 106 and Lexington)

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2013 12:59 PM

Portishead, LOL... were the Sneaker Pimps unavailable?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2013 3:37 PM

^ Portishead rips shit up, asshat. That ATP was great actually. Ashbury was kind of weird, but it beat the Pier (venue-wise).

Also, while a Nature Centre sounds nice, does anyone have any inside info on what this Veria Living media conglomerate is comprised of ? Sounds shady - and not good-shady.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2013 11:24 AM

The sound in the convention center was terrible in Asbury…cool idea but it didn't really come off & had bad luck on weather
Having gone to the UK ones and NY ones.. Kutshers was the best place by far for ATP US.. hotel rooms were hella scary though

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2013 11:32 AM

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