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Get ready to go green! We're less than a month from St. Patrick's Day on Monday, March 17, and to say Vegas will be rocking would be an understatement. Cheap whiskey and green beer will be on the menu and most specials run not just on Monday, but throughout the entire weekend leading up to the official day.
We've compiled a list of special events already announced, but be sure to check back, though, as we will update it as more are announced.
New York-New York's annual Celtic Feis festival will take place March 15-17 and will features Irish bites from Nine Fine Irishmen, celebratory cocktails and live entertainment. The event is complimentary and open to guests 21 and over. Libations will include $10 cocktails, $7 domestic beers, $8 import beer and $7 shots.
Seeing a guy dressed in what appears to be only a trench coat on Valentine’s Day might make you want to run the other way, no matter how desperate you are for a V Day date. If you encounter such a man outside of New York-New York this Friday, fear not. It’s all part of a fun publicity stunt, and not an audition for “To Catch a Predator.”
The newly opened Swatch store inside New York-New York is paying homage to its flagship Times Square store. Think old school New York where you’re approached by a man in a trench coat who opens it up to reveal watches he’s trying to sell you at a discount rate. Only these flashers aren’t selling hot watches in the stolen sense, but rather hot as in trendy new Swatch gear.
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Someone in Vegas really wants you to know what time it is.
If you've been to Aria in the last few days, you probably noticed Swatch Group has opened a blazingly bright, 1,500-square-foot boutique called Hour Passion just off the casino floor where handbag shop Papillion once stood.
Hour Passion features mid-to-high range watches from collections across all Swatch Group brands, including Longines, Rado, Tissot, Balmain, Certina, Mido, Hamilton, Calvin Klein, Swatch and Flik-Flak. Each brand has its own retail area within the store which is the second of its kind to open in the states, the first being on Black Friday in New York City.
Another day, another piece of The Strip that's slid from the present to Vegas past.
Tuesday morning, New York-New York began dismantling its Broadway-esque marquee which has used good ol' neon flash to beckon passersby inside since the hotel first opened in 1997.
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Execs asked county officials for permission to close the thoroughfare back in July. The plan is to remove it entirely and replace it with a "pedestrian access easement." What's commonly referred to as a walkway. Although, this one will have a spot for dining and drinking, too. The pathway will also link New York-New York with the new shops and dining experiences that will eventually take over the land where the sales pavilion once stood. Those coming soon venues will include the city's first Shake Shack. (Don't get too excited for that just yet. Shake Shack isn't expected to open until late 2014.)
In the meantime, the first phase of the $100 million project, which is transforming the Strip-side facades of New York-New York and Monte Carlo as well as the land between the resorts, will debut officially December 28. It will introduce three shops and a 24/7 Starbucks to New York-New York. But, from what we saw yesterday, the venues could soft open any day now.
A black drape now shields the venues from view where a floor-to-ceiling construction wall was once found. Signage for I Love NYNY, Starbucks and Swatch is clearly visible above it. We're still not all that crazy about a Swatch store (or any of the other brands, frankly) but its signage is certainly eye-catching. Its brightly lit storefront immediately caught our attention from across the casino floor.
Peeking through a gap in the drape showed us that store shelves are up and even stocked with merchandise at I Love NYNY. We couldn't, however, view the interiors of Starbucks or Swatch. We also didn't see signage up for Stupidiotic, although, we think we spied what had to be its storefront to the right of Swatch. Still, we got the impression that the venues could open very soon. At least, via their casino entrances. The Strip-side entrances? Not so much. At least, not right now.
The front of the property is still blocked to pedestrians, but, we did notice that the construction wall has come down from around the renovated Nine Fine Irishmen patio as well as the addition of pavers and quite a few trees. Also, the changes to the Brooklyn Bridge look fantastic, even from far away. The renovation, which included the loss of the
garbage-strewn faux waterways along its perimeter, are a drastic improvement.
Hershey's Chocolate World, that open, dirt-filled area you see above at screen left, still has a long way to go, though. That opening has been pushed to "spring." We watched a construction worker walk inside the space from the casino and it doesn't look any better from that vantage point.
At the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard, piping seems to have been placed for the return of the water feature which surrounded Lady Liberty. The reduced footprint, we hazard to guess, will allow for an additional walkway behind the replica. You can see how it's changed below. More pavers have been installed and you'll find more trees over here, too. In no way, "park-like," but definitely more than we were expecting.
If you're not sure where all these new venues will be found at New York-New York, Hershey's will be two levels and will be found right next to the escalators that take you from the mezzanine to the casino level, and vice versa. Starbucks, I Love NYNY, and Swatch are where the old Broadway Theater used to be. (Or, Rok Vegas, if that helps.)
If you want to know how things are going over at sister resort, Monte Carlo, check out the photo gallery below. Its new venues, which will include Double Barrel Roadhouse, 800 Degrees pizzeria, and Sambalatte, won't start to debut until early 2014.
It's one of the more popular ways to ring in the New Year -- Strip-side on New York-New York's Brooklyn Bridge. But, it appears that on-going construction on the hotel-casino's facade may have folks searching for a new party spot.
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What will $100 million get you these days on The Strip? At New York-New York, a portion of that amount (shared with sister resort Monte Carlo) will get you a revamped facade featuring a Hershey's Chocolate World, Swatch boutique, Stupidiotic and I Love NYNY novelty shops, and a Strip-side 24/7 Starbucks with patio dining. Or, in other words, everything you could possibly need.
You know how to make our eyes light up these days? Send us an email filled with photos and the words "heavy construction." Of course, our preference is for photos like this, but.. oooh, yeah. We can get pretty excited about run-of-the-mill construction, too. (We said, could SLS.)
Our Twitter friend @John_Nissan sent us a note last Wednesday updating the demolition and construction taking place at New York-New York, Monte Carlo and the land in-between the two. Unfortunately, we were
too busy boozing not able to bring you the photos until the today. (For that, we apologize, John!)
As John relayed:
NYNY is still under heavy construction, while MC is slowly starting to tear away chain link fence. The new main entry of the MC is open, but still needs some attention to detail. I assume since they closed the entry area next to Diablo's they needed even a half-finished entry for now. Diablo's is still open. Double Barrel is starting to take shape.
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The multi-million dollar project currently transforming New York-New York and Monte Carlo will bring new restaurants, shops and attractions to that part of The Strip beginning this spring. And, when those venues begin to make their debut, New York-New York's Lady Liberty will welcome the masses looking Vegas hot.
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The 20,000-seat arena is being built as a partnership between AEG and MGM Resorts. Shovels won't hit the dirt until April 2014, however, the first renderings of the $350 million dollar structure were released today. It will host everything you'd expect a stadium to host, from sports matches and concerts to award productions.
It's hard to believe (read: it's really easy to believe), but we all won't be able to do our holiday candy shopping at Hershey's Chocolate World.
This sweet Strip addition is destined for New York-New York as part of a multi-million dollar project that will also bring changes to sister hotel, Monte Carlo, as well as to the land between the two. Originally promised to debut "this winter," Las Vegas Advisor has learned that its opening has been pushed back to "spring 2014." Not surprising considering Double Barrel Roadhouse at MC was due to open by New Year's Eve, but pushed that back several months as well.
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On Las Vegas Boulevard, Bill's continues to turn into Gansevoort, slowly. And, as you know and as we've been documenting for months, it's not the only major construction project on The Strip. All the cause of motor and pedestrian traffic woes and, for some, sleepless nights as well. All, also due to end in 2014.
It won't be until fall 2014, though, until we see the bow of SLS Las Vegas, currently still gutting the Sahara. Or, at least that's the
stated plan. The photos in this post, courtesy VegasChatter friend Greg C., show the current state of things as of Thursday, September 12.
Greg relays that the gutted hole (shown in the photos above) where the old 1952 Sahara casino once stood is now being rapidly filled with new steel framework. Meantime, the Tunis tower has been "opened up like a sardine can, completely open to the sky," according to Greg. Meantime, the Presidential Suite atop the Alexandria tower is now just a gaping void.
The construction suggests to Greg that nightclubs or restaurants could be slated for some of these rooftops. More than $400 million is being spent to renovate the Sahara. Details of what's to come, as well as a rendering of the transformed property, can be viewed here.