Mike's back with another Strip Walk column. He's got some photo links in his post but if you want to see the entire gallery, click here:
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A wall was up between Aurora and the high limit room. As far as I know, there's only more slots in that space so I don't think it's anything more drastic than moving the furniture around. Upstairs, Titanic opened. The old King Tut museum is still a wall zone.
In the meantime, let's meaninglessly rename some stores, huh? I'm not sure what focus test decided that "Fashion LX" is more likely to draw people in than "The Scarab Store" or what this was previously called, but the problem with these kinds of renovations are the cheapness of it all. Okay, you're renaming a store so it looks less themed and more trendy, but if the store still has the exterior appearance of an ancient bazaar and the sign has loads of blankspace and a pyramid shape for no obvious reason other than you were too cheap to make a new sign, then you might as well just go ahead and be themed.
I'm sure this will be fixed because it's in the lobby, but I'm going to ring the maintenance alarm anyway because this is ugly.
New York New York
Times Square renovations are beginning, and it looks like theme is out the window. The fake street and manholes look is being replaced with a new floor that has that brushed aluminum look. Also, they got new signage.
Andre's is back! With glowy letters! And a touchscreen-based menu! And a dark bar with glowing stuff at the entrance! I can hear the (formerly) rich nightclub babies now: "Oh well thank gawwwd that they got a makeover, because while some of those Food Network types were going on about this Andre's place, I was like, 'no way is that place trendy enough for me!' But now, now I could see myself here before a night at PURE."
Just a thought: It seems like all the new developments since at least Red Rock have HDTVs (sometimes arranged vertically) with the menus on them at the entrance, like it's the new classy thing to do. Wynn and Encore? No HDTV menus. Not sure why, since they do vertically arrange some sets for the conference calendars.
Is this new? This doorway exists just between the front desk and the golf/travel services desk in the corner [ed: I believe this is the new executive lounge amenity]. It seems new (or at least renovated) to my eyes, but it could be that I just never noticed it before. Also, two of these lights along the movators in and out are missing the knob on the bottom.
Another maintenance complaint, the upper third of the balloon is fading away.
If you squint, you can see something inside Rhumbar.
I've just got a rant: I walked in and saw a sign that said "Handicap Elevator." Is that really necessary? Can't it just say "Elevator?" Maybe put that universal symbol of the person in the wheelchair underneath while you're at it? I checked, and fully mobile people can use the elevator, too.
Cranes 'n' Things: See the photo gallery for pictures of the CityCenter, Cosmo, F-Bleau, the Titanic entrance at Luxor, the Hard Rock Cafe going up across from the Monte Carlo, construction at the OTHER Hard Rock, and more.