November 27, 2022

A CASINO and a FERRIS WHEEL for the Vacant Lot?

The proposal in a rendering by the Soloviev Group. No word yet from No. 5 (to the right of the Ferris wheel) or No. 25 (far right). 

Introducing Stefan Soloviev, son of the late Sheldon Solow (who died in 2020) and now the billionaire owner of 9 West 57th Street, which made his father famous, along with countless other properties. Including a three-block-long stretch along First Avenue near the U.N.

In an interview with Bloomberg last Monday, Soloviev announced he is currently in talks with Las Vegas gaming companies for a venture to develop the site ‒ if he wins one of the three casino licenses the state is issuing. His current plan includes a 1,000-room casino/hotel, a four-acre park, a Ferris wheel and a museum dedicated to democracy. "It's really exciting to take that site and look at what it can become," said Soloviev.

Your reactions are welcome in the comments.

Many thanks to David Reiff for the tip.

11 comments:

  1. Good God no!

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  2. The only part of this I like is the park; the rest of it we can do without.

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  3. It could be a lot worse. Interesting.

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  4. Put it on 9 west 57th street

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  5. Hard pass.

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  6. Doesn’t this kind of junk belong in Hudson Yards?

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  7. Ugh. This would be terrible.

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  8. What a terrible idea

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  9. Bunch of strung out gambling losers seeking fast cash inside the casino, and committing crimes out of desperation in my neighborhood. GTFO!

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