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60 years later, Gershon's still   ‘the place to be’

A customer leaves Gershon's Deli & Caterers on Union Street in Schenectady on Wednesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
A customer leaves Gershon's Deli & Caterers on Union Street in Schenectady on Wednesday.
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On Thanksgiving mornings, you could find Jerry DeAngelus in the cellar at Gershon’s Deli, playing poker with Ennio “Doc” Isabella while they waited for their turkeys to finish. “Doc had a key,” DeAngelus said. “We’d open up the store ourselves, cook our turkeys and play poker till noontime and leave.” It wasn’t their store, but that hardly mattered. They met there every morning for coffee. DeAngelus had been going to the Upper Union Street deli ...

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