New York-New York ~ Las Vegas 2009-’15

New York-New York ~ Las Vegas 2009-’15

When in Las Vegas, why not visit New York City? … Yes, the Big Apple actually 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 skyline building theme is well renowned as an architectural masterpiece.  This resort has seen many subtle upgrades that have kept this destination in step with the times and like all MGM properties, the New York-New York has set high standards for sustainable design and this property has won many green resort awards.       

Crossover walkway bridges, trams and taxi lanes from all directions lead to New York-New York and during peak hours, the pedestrian traffic is as hectic as it is back east in New York City. This city within a city is such a popular destination for a good reason and nostalgic familiarity with New York City has 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.  Another factor that contributes to the popularity of this New York City skyline 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 the real 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 Big Apple sights that can be seen.  Every section inside this resort is named after neighborhoods and famous 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 of this mega resort!   

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 next to the top of the Empire State Building, then this roller coaster is the ticket to ride!  

This casino resort has many great bars and night clubs, as well as some of the first party pits to be built on a casino floor in Las Vegas.  New York-New York also adds credence to Las Vegas being the entertainment capitol of the world.  The long running Zumanity at New York-New York 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 of the mall and this restaurant serves up some good old fashioned traditional Matzo Balls.  Those who party a little too hearty when on The Strip may be interested to know that Matzo Ball Soup will ease the effects of world class Las 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 sports arena is located directly behind New York-New York and it is now the home of the Las Vegas Golden Knights Hockey Team. 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. 

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 doing out of state jobs.  All I can say is that there is never a dull moment in the city that never sleeps, especially since New York City is conveniently located on the Las Vegas Strip!    

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Author: wildwestdestinations

I worked as a chef in remote resorts and National Parks, which provided the time to explore western travel destinations. I have a BA Degree in Culinary Management with high honors and currently I am working on a Masters Degree in Adult Education. My food and travel blog writing began as a means to generate income during college and now photo journalism has become my lifestyle.

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