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Off the Northway: Saratoga’s bootlegging history

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Gambling isn’t the only vice Saratoga Springs has been known for over the years. The “sporting girls” who flocked to the track and gambling dens weren’t, either. During Prohibition, oral histories say Carmello Carnelli’s grocery store on the West Side was a place you could get a glass of homemade wine for 25 cents. Carnelli wasn’t alone in making his own in the era from 1920 to 1933 when the U.S. Constitution made making or ...

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