Gangsters Take Over Inn!

Cover Photo: The Chicago Club on Woodlawn Avenue; Saratoga Springs History Museum, George S. Bolster Collection

Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, Inn at Saratoga to Host February Double-Header Program about Gangsters in Saratoga Springs

{{Editor’s Note: This is a good thing. Many people had expressed regret to me that they had missed earlier presentations by local gangster “experts” Maria McBride Bucciferro and Greg Veitch. Well, here is your chance to learn about Saratoga’s unique notorious history, in a perfect historical setting. All I can say is that even though I have been to Maria and Greg’s presentations before, I’m making it a point to go to these two this month. – AG}}

Lucky Luciano Photo Courtesy of Maria Bucciferro

SARATOGA SPRINGS – When “Black Sox” Fixer Arnold Rothstein was fatally shot, who was the Saratogian who rushed to the scene? Who bought cigars for Cary Grant at Riley’s Lakehouse? Who got a $100 tip from Joe Adonis at Piping Rock? Who waited on Lucky Luciano at DeRossi’s? Who brought meals from Newman’s to Meyer Lansky at the Saratoga County jail?

For the answers to these questions and more, join the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation for “Glam, Glitz and Gangsters at the Spa,” a presentation by Maria McBride Bucciferro, on Thursday, February 6th at 7 p.m. at The Inn at Saratoga, 231 Broadway. The former editor/co-owner of Saratoga Living and reporter for the Post-Star, Times Record, Saratogian and Times Union, whose stories have appeared in Adirondack Life, Hudson Valley and other magazines, will highlight historic photos and remembrances of Saratoga residents whose paths crossed with mobsters, movie stars, and machine bosses.

Meyer Lansky at Arrowhead
Photo Courtesy of Maria Bucciferro

On Thursday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m the Foundation will host second presentation with Greg Veitch at The Inn at Saratoga. “A Gangster’s Paradise: Saratoga Springs from Prohibition to Kefauver” recalls of a time of bootleggers and shootouts, raids and gambling dens, murder, and political payoffs in Saratoga Springs. The recently published book of the same name will also be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.  

Arnold Rothstein
Photo Courtesy of Maria Bucciferro

The Inn at Saratoga invites attendees to enjoy Prohibition-inspired drink specials at the bar beforehand. Tickets for each program are $10 for SSPF Members and $12 for non-members.  

For more information or to make a reservation, call the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation at (518) 587-5030, visit, or email Nicole Babie, Membership & Programs Director, at Tickets will available for purchase at the door if space allows.

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