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Brooklyn North: Scribner’s Catskill Lodge in New York

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By Ann Abel

Before Marc Chodock was a country hotelier, he was a New York City finance guy. Working in private equity, the son of a small-business owner found himself drawn to funding small enterprises, where a modest investment could have a big, feel-good payoff. He especially liked hospitality projects—watching the transformation of an empty storefront into a happening Brooklyn restaurant or a derelict house into a successful boutique hotel in Panama City.

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He described his enthusiasm to me a few weeks ago during a hike to Kaaterskill Falls, an attraction in the increasingly cool region of New York State that used be called the Hudson Valley but is increasingly known, with semi-ironic affection, as the Catskills. (And not your grandfather’s Borscht Belt Catskills—now the region brims with outer-borough cool minus the Metrocard fees.) That’s where he took the leap from investor to hotelier.

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Ann Abel has been a travel writer and editor for 14 years, including several as a senior editor at ForbesLife. She writes for Forbes, Departures, Conde Nast Traveller, Robb Report, Afar, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Hemispheres, Brides, Modern Bride, , Well + Good NYC, and other print and online publications."In the name of lifestyle journalism, I’ve gotten a tattoo in Bora Bora, been bitten by a massage therapist, and flown small aircraft above three continents."
Ann Abel has been a travel writer and editor for 14 years, including several as a senior editor at ForbesLife.
She writes for Forbes, Departures, Conde Nast Traveller, Robb Report, Afar, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Hemispheres, Brides, Modern Bride, , Well + Good NYC, and other print and online publications.”In the name of lifestyle journalism, I’ve gotten a tattoo in Bora Bora, been bitten by a massage therapist, and flown small aircraft above three continents.”
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