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New York-New York, Monte Carlo To Be Transformed Into Park-Like District

April 18, 2013 at 11:30 AM | by | ()

New York-New York and Monte Carlo are about to get a major upgrade. But, don't look for it in their rooms, this change will transform their exteriors, creating a large open-air retail and dining destination. Sound familiar?

The massive renovation will change the west side of the Strip from Las Vegas Boulevard down to CityCenter. In fact, from looking at the renderings, making that section more in line with the modern "city" feel of MGM Resorts most recent project.

Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, said, “All great cities offer vibrant pedestrian experiences, and Las Vegas is certainly no exception, as The Strip is one of the world’s greatest boulevards. Our vision is to extend the excitement we traditionally create within our world-class resorts outside onto The Strip, and ultimately in an entertainment district leading to our new arena. To bring that vision to fruition, we have assembled a team recognized around the world for creating special venues and places.”

So, what does that mean? Look for dramatic changes to the facades of both resorts as bars, eateries and "retail destinations" are addd. New venues will include a two-story Hershey's Chocolate World flagship (sorry, M&M World just across the street) and the improvements we've already reported on to Nine Fine Irishmen will come to New York-New York.

At Monte Carlo, the re-do will bring Double Barrel, a "casual roadhouse restaurant and bar" by sbe (the same folks behind Hyde Bellagio and the coming SLS Las Vegas) and 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria (self-explanatory).

But, the centerpiece will be a large promenade between the two properties where a CityCenter residential sales offer and parking lots sit now. That area will be "a park environment featuring pavilions and performance spaces complemented by areas of quiet relaxation."

At the gateway to the park will be Shake Shack, a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its all-natural burgers, flat-top dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine and more by restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group.

At the far end will be that 20,000-seat arena that's already been announced, too. To orient you, the rendering above shows Rue de Monte Carlo with the edges of Diablo's seen on screen right. That glimmering building in the background will be the arena.

And, that's not all, either. MGM Resorts says more partners and details will be released over the next few months.

The entire venture is expected to cost $100 million dollars. Yet, don't expect this project to be finished several years down the road. Work is already way on some elements and a completion of early 2014 is anticipated. Yep, right around the time Caesars Entertainment's Linq finishes its roll out, too.

(Renderings: MGM Resorts)

Archived Comments:


SHAKE SHACK??????  AWESOME!  I think this will be their first one outside of the east coast!!

Good riddance

Finally they are getting rid of the green garbage lake and the city centre sales office! What a great move by MGM to update this part of the strip! It's nice to see the casinos taking ownership of something other than the interior and really caring about overall guest experience in the city as a whole....

Obviously there is the caveat that they also get more external vendor/restaurant space but its a win win as I see it!

Smart Move

As much foot traffic as there is on the strip these days might as well try and nab some money from them.

I have always like the facade on NYNY as you walk down the strip. Might as well put some real stores behind those doors.


When will construction begin?  Hoping nothing has started by mid June when I'm staying at Monte Carlo.


Construction on some elements have already started. We'll scope it out and report back soon!