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AAA Editor Notes
New York-New York is at 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Manhattan comes to the Mojave Desert at this colorful, comic bookish re-creation of the Big Apple. New York-New York opened when over-the-top themed resorts were all the rage, and it's still one of the Strip's busiest spots. A faux NYC skyline, rising incongruously above the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue, has scaled-down replicas of iconic skyscrapers like the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. Fronting the Strip, a pint-size version of the Brooklyn Bridge funnels pedestrians to the casino entrance.

The casino sports a futuristic Art Deco look reminiscent of the silent film classic “Metropolis.” Deco-style murals and huge black-and-white photos of Manhattan line the walls. Sleek wooden canopies decked out with gold neon swooshes, waves and squiggles stand over the table games. In the middle of the action is the chic Center Bar; nearby, The Bar at Times Square packs 'em in with its dueling pianos show. Chocolate lovers should visit the Chocolate Bar.

The BetMGM Sportsbook isn't much larger than a NYC studio apartment. The food court, one of the Strip's coolest, has casual eateries situated along walkways that recall Greenwich Village right down to the street signs and false storefronts. Upstairs, kids make a beeline for the Big Apple Arcade, which has everything from high-tech video games to Skee-Ball to the angry New Yorker-inspired “Wac-a-Mayor.”

A Statue of Liberty replica out front is rendered so faithfully that it was pictured (by accident) on the U.S. Postal Service's 2011 Lady Liberty Forever stamp. It stands atop a stone pedestal rising from a mini New York Harbor. Around the base are plaques writ with 9/11 tributes. Looping around the entire complex is The Big Apple Coaster, a red-tracked, Coney Island-style roller coaster with yellow cars painted to resemble Big Apple taxis.

The Park, a Strip-front plaza linking the resort with the Park MGM Las Vegas (formerly the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino), opened in spring 2016. The outdoor entertainment area is home to the new T-Mobile Arena.

Food is available.

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