I was born and raised in that other city that never sleeps , New York City .
So I’ll bet you’re wondering just why would I fly across the country just to see a hotel and casino with a fugazy Brooklyn Bridge , let alone a replica of the Statue of Liberty in front of it ?
Um, because it’s there and I can because this is my 30 Plus Teams Tour of Las Vegas .
The first thing one notices when you stand on the street and look up at the facade, is just that.
The facade that represents Grand Central Station .
Those screams you hear aren’t from people who just won some money on the slots or on the tables .
Look above you before you walk in, you can’t miss it .
Yes, it’s a big roller coaster and it’s called ” The Big Apple ” .
You can pretend that you’re in Coney Island , watching the Cyclone go round and round .
The roller coaster cars are even in the shape of a New York City taxicab .
Do my eyes deceive me?
Right behind that much smaller version of the Statue of Liberty , is that a smaller version of what else , Ellis Island ?
(Special thanks , by the way to my fellow New Yorker and friend Mish for allowing me to use the Statue of Liberty picture in this post.)
This is New York , New York Hotel , so those just have to be replicas of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building , right ?
Yes they are .
When you finally walk inside , there’s more than enough sights to make a New Yorker or a former New Yorker homesick for all those things that you remember as a kid growing up in the Lower East side , Washington Heights , Harlem or even Brooklyn , Queens , or Staten Island .
The buildings with the fire escapes that a lot of us used to sit on to get some air in the summer because no one could really afford air conditioning back then bring back great memories .
Of course , being the New Yorker that I am, it’s all about the food.
They even have a Nathans , just like the ones you remember going to in Brooklyn .
What would New York New York Hotel be without some authentic , sort of , pizza parlors ?
This was comfort food to many a New York school kid, and it still is .
I might be in the middle of the desert , but for a few minutes visiting New York , New York brought me back to those memories of growing up in the city .