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Tree-lighting on Amsterdam's South Side

The Bracchi and Pollak families pose for photographs in front of a new Christmas tree in memory of family members, outside Herk's Tavern on the South Side of Amsterdam on Monday,
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
The Bracchi and Pollak families pose for photographs in front of a new Christmas tree in memory of family members, outside Herk's Tavern on the South Side of Amsterdam on Monday,
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Flip Bracchi remembers when the blue spruce across the street from his Bridge Street bar was planted. “I was part of the old South Side Revitalization Committee,” he said. “We were going to decorate it for Christmas every season. We did it that first year and that was an end of it.” That was 25 years ago, when Bracchi was relatively new to running Herk’s Tavern, just across the intersection of Erie and Bridge Street ...

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