Thursday, March 17, 2016

New York-New York ~ Las Vegas!

     New York New York!
     When in Las Vegas, why not visit New York?  Yes, the Big Apple can be found in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip!  
     There is no mistaking the New York City skyline that can be seen at the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard.  The New York-New York Hotel & Casino has been a landmark since 1997 and it is one of the most popular MGM Resorts International properties.  The classic New York City theme building is still well renowned as an architectural masterpiece.  This resort has seen many subtle upgrades that have kept this destination up with the times.  Like all MGM properties, New York-New York has set new high standards for sustainable design and this property has won many green awards.       
     Walkway bridges, trams and taxi lanes from all directions lead to New York-New York.  During peak hours, the pedestrian traffic is as hectic as it is back east in New York City.  Why is this city within a city such a popular destination?  Nostalgia and familiarity have a lot to do with it.  Visitors from the Northeast find comfort in familiar surroundings and New York-New York caters to this clientele base.  The other factor that contributes to the popularity of this resort is many people that live out west have never been east of the Rockies.  Going to the New York-New York Hotel & Casino is as close as many will come to experiencing New York City.
     New York-New York definitely is the New York City experience in Las Vegas.  The outside of this casino is not the only familiar sight.  Every section inside this resort is named after neighborhoods and places in New York City.  One can wander through the shops in Greenwich Village, do some gambling in Central Park and go get some chowder down by the waterfront, all within the spacious casino floor plan.   
     Thrill seekers will be happy to know that a modern version of a Coney Island roller coaster wraps its way around the entire New York-New York property.  If you ever wanted to see New York City up close and personal while doing upside down loop de loops, then The Roller Coaster is the ticket to ride!  This casino has many great bars and night clubs, as well as some of the first party pits in Vegas.  New York-New York also adds credence to Las Vegas being the entertainment capitol of the world.  The long running Zumanity is a Cirque du Soleil show that simply is a must to see.  
     New York-New York offers all the eateries that one would expect to find in the Big Apple.  Classic Italian restaurants, Fulton's Fish Fry, a superb pizzeria and a great steakhouse are to name a few choices of New York City style dining venues.  Even Greenberg's Deli can be found in the brownstone shop section and this restaurant serves up some good old fashioned traditional Matzo Balls.  Those who party a little too hearty tonight when celebrating St Patty's Day, may be interested to know that Matzo Ball Soup will ease the effects of world class Vegas hangover!
     Something new that people might not know about that have not been to Vegas in a while, is the T-Mobile Arena.  This new MGM property arena is scheduled to open soon and many of the opening events have already been sold out.  The T-Mobile Arena is as modern as it gets and this arena features many creature comforts that one would expect to find only in Las Vegas. 
     All said, I have been in New York-New York hundreds of times while living in Las Vegas and I still visit this casino when I make it back to town while on out of state jobs.  All I can say is that there is never a dull moment in the city that never sleeps, especially since this city is located in Vegas!    

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