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First known as Griffins Corners, Fleischmanns had it's heyday at the turn of the last century when the Julius Fleischmanns family decided that this was a good spot for a vacation home. This truly was the Hamptons of the early 1900's. Most homes were built in a grand Victorian style, and most homes were not primary residences, but vacation spots. City dwellers would take the train up (out of commission since the 1950's) and summer here. Apparently, up until the 1950's, the summer time population of this village of 350 would swell to 10,000. Those days are long over for Fleischmanns and the Catskills. Travel trends changes. This area also came under massive scrunity from NYC since it falls within its' watershed. The area became depressed. Over the past few years the area has seen a bit of a revival, but it still has a long way to go. With a new sewer system (courtesy of NYC), Fleischmanns' vacant storefronts are ripe for investors and new development. If you're looking for lots of retail and restaurant options within walking distance, Fleischmanns is not for you. If you're looking for a quaint village with amazing architecture, a beautiful park, tennis courts, and outdoor pool surrounded by the mountains and within a few minutes drive of a myriad of dining options and outdoor activities (2 miles from Belleayre Mountain Ski Center), then Fleischmanns is a great place to visit. And it's only 2 1/2 hours from the GW Bridge!