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Front Street taverns were neighborhood hub for ALCO, GE workers

Taverns were neighborhood hub for ALCO, GE workers

Frank Yates sits at the end of the bar at BL’s Tavern on Front Street the establishment he purchased in 1979 from Theresa Lencewicz. The tavern has gone by the name of BL’s since 1946, and was a speakeasy during Prohibition. (BILL BUELL/Gazette Reporter)
Frank Yates sits at the end of the bar at BL’s Tavern on Front Street the establishment he purchased in 1979 from Theresa Lencewicz. The tavern has gone by the name of BL’s since 1946, and was a speakeasy during Prohibition. (BILL BUELL/Gazette Reporter)
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Just who was Uncle Ben? And what do the initials “BL” stand for? If you have driven down Front Street in Schenectady at all in your life, either recently or as far back as 1946, you probably noticed the signs and maybe asked yourself those questions. Uncle Ben’s Tavern and BL’s Tavern and Grill are located at 213 and 208 Front St., respectively, just a few short steps from the old American Locomotive Company plant. ...

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