The 18-acre site at the northwest corner of the Tropicana – Las Vegas Boulevard intersection had actually been thought about a prime spot for advancement due to its distance to the MGM Grand, Excalibur, and Tropicana. Japanese company Universal Dispersing owned the property, and had actually discussed a joint venture with the Promus Companies to build a hotel-casino, however might not reach an arrangement. In 1992, Kirk Kerkorian’s Tracinda Corporation bought the site for $31.5 million and used MGM Grand Inc., of which Kerkorian owned 76%, a complimentary two-year alternative to buy it.

The concept of a casino imitated the New york city horizon was conceived by Sig Rogich (a former White House staffer and United States Ambassador to Iceland) and Mark Advent. Rogich brought the concept to his good friend, Gary Primm, head of Primadonna Resorts. Primm approached MGM president Bob Maxey in 1994 with the idea for MGM’s prime Strip area, and a joint venture was formed in between the two companies. Construction began in March 1995.

New York-New York Hotel & Casino is located at 3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South, in Paradise, Nevada.
It uses the New York City influence of its name in several ways. Its architecture is suggested to stimulate the New York City horizon of the 1940s age; the hotel includes several towers set up to look like New york city City buildings such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.

In spite of this claim, the hotel’s exterior also has some reproductions of buildings that were built after the 1940s years, like Lever House, Seagram Building, and the CBS Building. In front of the property is a 150-foot high reproduction of the Statue of Liberty, and replicas of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Main Immigration Building on Ellis Island, and Grand Central Terminal.

Within the resort, particular gambling areas, lounges, restaurants, and meeting rooms are called after New York City neighborhoods or landmarks. The main casino area, for example, is named after Times Square, while the eateries are modeled after Greenwich Village. At the casino, unique decks of playing cards are used where the “heart” fit is changed by apples, in reference to the city’s label Huge Apple.

The resort is located on the northwest corner of the Tropicana– Las Vegas Boulevard intersection. At street level, pedestrians are blocked from crossing by concrete barriers. Rather, it is linked by overhead pedestrian bridges to its neighboring casinos to the south (the Excalibur, across Tropicana Avenue) and to the east (the MGM Grand).


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