200-218 Lafayette Street

Vacant Lots
200-218 Lafayette Street
Utica, NY

September 8, 2018 - Now a vacant lot, one parcel (200 Lafayette Street) was home to the famed "Uncle Henry's Pancake House" on the northwest corner of Lafayette and Washington streets. Per a UticaOD Story...

"Pancakes and politics It never quite had the charm of Marino's Restaurant, but in the 1970s Uncle Henry's Pancake House played host to the area's top politicians and Democratic Party officials, such as Rufus P. Elefante, longtime Democratic Party leader. For many years, Marino's; owned by Joseph Marino on the southwest corner of First and Catherine streets; was known as "Little City Hall" for it was where many went to meet Elefante and Democrats in the party's inner circle to seek city jobs and such things as having a tree stump removed from a front lawn. When Marino's fell to the John Bleecker Urban Renewal Project in 1968, politicians moved to Uncle Henry's; owned by Henry Cittadino on the northwest corner of Lafayette and Washington streets. In 1981, Uncle Henry's closed and the politicians moved their "offices" to Democratic Party headquarters on Bleecker Street. Elefante said at the time: "I think it's (Uncle Henrys closing) the end of an era."

We're not opposed to a new hospital, just do not bulldoze Downtown Utica's Historic Columbia-Lafayette Neighborhood... "Build It At St. Luke's!"

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