Resorts World opens last two casinos at Aqueduct
by Stacy Narine
Dec 21, 2011 | 807 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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On Friday December 16, four months ahead of schedule, Resorts World New York unveiled its additional two floors to the public.

The Fifth Avenue Casino and the Crockfords Casino fill the second floor while the Central Park Event Space takes over the third floor. The Fifth Avenue Casino features 2,245 Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) and 270 Electronic Table Games (ETGs).

It also includes fine dining restaurants such as Genting Palace, a 275-seat restaurant that offers authentic Chinese cuisine, RW Prime Steakhouse, a 250-seat restaurant offering steak and seafood, and Liberty Bar, where patrons and guests can take in the view of the racetrack.

At Liberty Bar, patrons can also get a bird’s eye view of Bar 360, which offers live entertainment onstage and the largest high-definition screen in Queens.

The casino also features Uptown Express which offers quick service food such as coffee and sandwiches.

The crown jewel of the second floor is the exclusive Crockfords Casino. It is a luxurious gaming area for VIP guests by invitation only within the Fifth Avenue Casino. This private, ground-floor entrance and elevator opens to a contemporary gaming space with 64 VLTs and 14 ETGs.

Crockford is the oldest private members gaming establishments in the world. A household name in the industry, it was established in 1828 in London by William Crockford.

One floor up is the Central Park Event Space. At 70,000 square feet, it is one of the largest catering spaces in Queens. It is fit to accommodate events such as concerts, banquets, trade shows, conferences and other private events.

Michael Speller, president of RWNY, previously touted the space as providing many opportunities to Queens. Now that the space is open, Speller is thrilled.

“It is a fantastic space. It’s a beautifully appointed very upscale casino for us,” he said. “It is specifically designed to capture the attention of customers who are going out of state for gaming. We think it’s a much better place for customers to come; its closer to home, it’s in Queens. What can be better than that.”

One casino patron, Nelly Santiago from Howard Beach, called the casino “fantastic.”

“It's an absolutely amazing and a beautiful place,” he said. “This is good for the community and has helped generate jobs for people in the area.”

RWNY’s final upgrade before a full renovation of Aqueduct is complete is the Skybridge, which will take patrons from the A train North Conduit Station straight to the casino. It is expected to be completed by next year.

Although some residents have complained about the heavy traffic due to the casino, Speller said at an earlier press preview that RWNY has been working with their traffic officers to get people into the facility quickly.

He said the traffic has leveled off much more since the opening of the first phase. He also noted that there has not been any security issues on the casino's property since its opening.

State Senator Joseph Addabbo is proud that the project has finally come to completion, but noted that an eye must still be kept on the other issues that could arise.

“My constituents are enjoying it, they're having a good time, they can bring their family to the facility without gambling, but I have to speak about what concerns my people,” he said. “They're having a good time but there is a security issue. My residents still want a police car going down their block, they still want a presence. It's just as important as the cameras.”

Addabbo said that he meets regularly with Speller and that he is working with RWNY to make sure that the neighborhood residents remain safe.

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