Brooklyn North: Scribner’s Catskill Lodge in New York
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.
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.