The hotel that’s so-nice-they-named-it-twice is really good at detail (at least on the exterior). Even though the one-third-size replica of the New York skyline seems all crammed into the facade, it covers it all in 2.4 million square feet: the 150-foot Statue of Liberty, the 300-foot-long Brooklyn Bridge, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building. It’s like looking at a live-action cartoon postcard. And it’s these aesthetic touches that make this one of the quintessential Las Vegas resorts. People still want a hotel that has a roller coaster wrapped around it.
Along with Monte Carlo, New York-New York has been pushing its offerings more to its front on the Strip, adding busy restaurants such as Shake Shack (there’s always a line, but worth it) and Tom’s Urban, along with candy-land Hershey’s World.
While the outside of New York-New York is still exciting, the inside has been toned down, with less “New York-ness” to the casino floor and the rooms. Sure the rooms are sleek, with plush padded headboards, 40-inch flatscreen TVs, and marble in the bathrooms, but we miss the Chrysler Building-like Art Deco pizazz they once had. Call it gentrification.
One thing that hasn’t changed? It’s a long, looooonng slog from registration to your room, no matter which tower you’re in. But if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere . . . else in the hotel. (Sorry.)
The risqué resident Cirque du Soleil show Zumanity underwent a few changes in the past year, but is still adult-oriented, a little less cheesy, and best for those who are really comfortable with the sensuality of the human body.
- Grace Bascos