Growing Up in the “Spanish Alps”

Author to recall enclave in Catskills

As a kid, Ismael “Ish” Martinez worked with his parents at a Catskills community of summer resorts in Plattekill that catered to Spanish, Puerto Rican and other Hispanic residents. It was known as Las Villas or, more colloquially, the “Spanish Alps.”

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At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, Martinez will read from his retrospective, Las Villas of Plattekill and Ulster County, at the Howland Library in Beacon. The book is part of the Images of America series. A documentary film about the resorts, Back to Las Villas, premiered in Newburgh on Sept. 17.

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