LAS VEGAS (January 7, 2014) – An iconic Las Vegas Strip marquee at New York-New York Hotel and Casino has found a new home at the non-profit Neon Museum. The marquee was removed from the property January 7 to make way for exciting new retail developments at the hotel. Pictured during the marquee removal operation are New York-New York President and Chief Operating Officer Cynthia Kiser Murphey and New York-New York Facilities Manager Jim Lawson.
Workers from Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) removed eight- and 10-foot sections of the gold-border neon reader board and canopy. The project makes way for construction of an all-new exterior façade at the southeast corner of the resort.
“We are very pleased to donate this sign to the Neon Museum and to see it become a permanent part of Las Vegas history,” said Kiser Murphey. “Millions of people the world over have photographed and filmed this famous entrance to the hotel, and now many more will be able to continue to enjoy it as a symbol of Vegas’ past, and its culture of innovation and evolution.”
YESCO used a 30-ton, 110-foot crane to disassemble the signage in three sections and transfer it to the Neon Museum, 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Las Vegas. The board and canopy will be stored for several months while workers reassemble and prepare to place it in the museum, also known as “Neon Boneyard.”
“We are delighted to accept this significant and very recognizable remnant of American culture for prominent exhibit at the Neon Museum,” said Danielle Kelly, Neon Museum Executive Director.
New York-New York’s famous Brooklyn Bridge and Strip entrance are being transformed with a dynamic and engaging “patio culture” that is expanding the Nine Fine Irishmen pub experience and introducing new retailers. Swatch, stupidiotic and a Starbuck’s outlet recently opened on the bridge and anchor Hershey’s Chocolate World is expected to move in this spring.
The $460 million New York-New York Hotel and Casino opened on January 3, 1997.
About the Neon Museum
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.NeonMuseum.org.
About New York-New York
Inspired by the famous energy and landmarks of the iconic original, New York-New York Hotel & Casino features 12 New York-style skyscrapers showcasing 2,023 guest rooms and suites. Other nods to the Big Apple include a 150-foot-tall replica of the Statue of Liberty and a 300-foot-long newly redesigned replica of the Brooklyn Bridge. Within the resort, guests discover all the excitement of the city that never sleeps including the provocative and sensuous Cirque du Soleil production, Zumanity; the thrilling Roller Coaster; and the fun-filled dueling pianos of the Bar at Times Square. A dynamic new plaza experience features fun and unique dining and retail destinations including a two-story flagship Hershey’s Chocolate World, Shake Shack, Tom’s Urban, Swatch, Stupidiotic and
I Heart New York-New York. Tantalizing restaurants inside the hotel include Gallagher's Steakhouse, Il Fornaio and Nine Fine Irishmen, an authentic pub offering the best of Irish drink, food and music. Additionally, New York-New York offers more than 24,000 square feet of meeting space and a rejuvenating spa and salon. New York-New York is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit newyorknewyork.com, call toll free at (866) 815-4365 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.