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New Yorkers who like to gamble may not have to travel to Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or Montville, Connecticut (home of Mohegan Sun) to indulge for much longer: Elected officials authorized up to three casino licenses for downstate New York in April 2022. Two existing “racinos” (tracks with digital games) in Yonkers and just off JFK Airport are considered to be leading contenders for two of the three licenses, largely because they have the infrastructure to seamlessly segue to full casinos. The third would potentially allow the first casino to open in the heart of New York City.
In late November 2023, the City Planning Commission started a public review process for a zoning text amendment that would make it easier to build casinos in specified commercial and manufacturing districts by allowing them to avoid the uniform land use review procedure (ULURP). Crain’s New York Business notes that the plan puts no restrictions on casinos’ sizes and allows developers to tack on facilities like hotels and restaurants.
Proponents of New York City casinos say they will create jobs, attract tourists, and raise money. Opponents object on the grounds that casinos will cause congestion (especially in the already-crowded Times Square), exacerbate gambling problems, and siphon off money from existing entertainment options (e.g. Broadway shows) rather than bring in new money.
Saks Fifth Avenue casino Envisioned Saks casino roulette tables
The application process began in January 2023, and several of New York's biggest developers are clamoring for a license. We take a look at the possible proposals below. Whoever gets approved, if anyone, the new casino will not be openfor years to come.

In the meantime, poker games are legal in New York State as long as no one makes a profit from organizing the events. In other words, it is legal to host a poker game with friends in one’s own home, and some buildings have taken it one step further by putting dedicated poker tables in their game rooms. With indentations for cards and tokens as well as a special surface that allows the cards to slide more easily across the surface, these are a step up from the typical kitchen table. These are also typically located near lounges with big-screen TVs, bars, or terraces to keep the party going.

Possible Casinos

Caesar's Palace Times Square, Midtown West

Developed by Roc Nation, SL Green, and Caesar's Entertainment

Caesar's Palace Times Square - 1515 Broadway
Many bold-faced names have entered the fray for a New York City casino, and that was especially the case when Jay-Z's Roc Nation joined forces with the developers of a possible Times Square casino. It is planned for the upper floors of 1515 Broadway, a 54-story office building in Times Square that is currently home to Viacom Entertainment and the Minskoff Theatre, where The Lion King is currently being performed. In addition to the casino, the proposal calls for a hotel, a wellness center, theater space for The Lion King, and additional entertainment, food, and drink options.

Wynn Hudson Yards, Midtown West

Developed by Related and Wynn Resorts

Hudson Yards Phase II Related Companies-Oxford have not released details of their casino plan for Hudson Yards, but images of what they're planning for the western railyards were previously floated.
Site plan showing an earlier plan for Hudson Yards' western yards (Related-Oxford)
In one of the earliest bids, Related Companies released a proposal with Wynn Resorts to build a casino in an as-yet undeveloped portion of their Hudson Yards development. Months later, in May 2023, more details emerged, revealing that their proposal calls for a three million-square-foot, Wynn-branded "resort tower" to include a 1,700-room hotel and casino. It also includes a two million-square-foot office tower; previous plans that include a 5.5-acre public park connected to the High Line have not been scrapped.

The Avenir, Midtown West

Developed by Silverstein Properties

The Avenir rendering
In June 2023, Silverstein Properties unveiled their proposal for a hotel, casino, and residential development to take shape on an undeveloped site at West 41st Street and Eleventh Avenue. The proposed 1.8 million-square-foot project calls for two 46-story towers connected by a 45th-story sky bridge and housing an eight-story casino run by Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment in the base. It also includes a luxury hotel, a top-floor performance venue, and a residential component that would be 100 percent permanently affordable.

Saks Fifth Avenue casino, Midtown East

Developed by Hudson's Bay Company

Saks Fifth Avenue casino
In early 2023, Hudson's Bay Company, parent company to Saks Fifth Avenue, released renderings of a casino to span the top three floors of the iconic department store. A casino operator is not yet available, but plans call for a separate, red carpet-lined entrance, lavish interiors, and a rooftop space overlooking Rockefeller Center. It must be noted that of all the proposals, this one would require the least amount of work.

Freedom Plaza, Turtle Bay

Developed by Soloviev Group and Mohegan

Freedom Plaza master plan
Earlier version of Freedom Plaza with a ferris wheel
In February 2023, Soloviev Group unveiled a proposal for Freedom Plaza to rise on a six-acre stretch of vacant land near the United Nations headquarters. In addition to a partially subterranean casino, the proposal calls for a hotel, a museum, retail space, public green space, and two residential towers. More recently, in November 2023, Soloviev Group announced that Bjarke Ingels would design the project and, if given a casino license, they would include over 500 permanently affordable units in the residential towers.

The Coney, Coney Island

Developed by Thor Equities, Saratoga Casino Holdings, and the Chickasaw Nation

Rendering of The Coney
In Brooklyn's only casino bid, Thor Equities announced a bid for a beachfront casino in late 2022. In March 2023, the first renderings appeared, depicting a towering glass building housing the casino and overlooking the iconic boardwalk. It has been billed as part of Coney Island's revitalization, one that would offer a year-round attraction as opposed to the seasonal amusement park.

Metropolitan Park, Flushing

Developed by Steve Cohen and Hard Rock

Metropolitan Park map
In the early days of the casino application process, New York Mets owner Steve Cohen was in talks with Hard Rock to develop a casino near Citi Field. More recently, in November 2023, they unveiled a detailed proposal for Metropolitan Park, a 50-acre sports and entertainment complex across the street from the stadium. It includes a Hard Rock-run hotel, casino, and performance venue as well as new restaurants and bars, including a Queens-themed food hall. It also calls for public improvements like new green space, a renovated transit station, and solar panels on structured parking. However, in addition to getting the casino license, they would also need permission to build on the parking lot, which The City notes is technically parkland.

Condos with Game Rooms
15-Hudson-Yards-01 15 Hudson Yards (Related)
15-Hudson-Yards-02
In its bid for a Hudson Yards casino (see above), Related touted its proximity to the Javits Center. However, there is already an ultra-exclusive club room for residents of 15 Hudson Yards. It offers billiards tables, card tables, a large-screen television, and spectacular views of the skyline and the Hudson River.

Fifteen Hudson Yards, #66B (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

254-Park-Avenue-South-01 254 Park Avenue South (CityRealty)
Flatiron District condos Game room (Compass)
When the Neo-Classical building at the corner of East 20th Street was reimagined into residences, the historic limestone facade was restored while the interiors were redone with modern interiors and spacious layouts. The basement-level game room includes a pool table and a poker table.

254 Park Avenue South, #GARDEN1P (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

138-Willoughby-Street-01 Brooklyn Point (Extell)
Brooklyn Point game room
Brooklyn Point is well positioned near 11 subway lines, allowing for easy access to popular New York attractions. However, 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities under one roof make leaving the building optional. They include a game room with a poker table, pool table, and big-screen TV.

Brooklyn Point, #28F (Serhant LLC)

Rentals

13 availabilities from $5,564/month
Up to 3.5 months free rent on select residences

Waterline-Square-01
Waterline Square amenities
On the Far West Side waterfront, residents of the condo and rental units alike have access to The Waterline Club, the 100,000+ square-foot amenity space at the heart of Waterline Square. It includes a card parlor with dedicated poker table.

Waterline Square Luxury Rentals, #704 (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

17 availabilities from $3,850/month
$1,000 security deposits for qualified applicants

435-West-31st-Street-01 The Eugene (Brookfield Properties)
Midtown West amenities
Manhattan West rental The Eugene is located one block east of Hudson Yards. The Hudson Club at the top of the building offers a similarly luxurious atmosphere with a piano lounge, poker table, separate game table, fireplace, and spectacular city views.

Living room and open kitchen The Eugene, #31B (Brookfield Properties)
From the Listing: Designed by RW Studio, a division of Roman and Williams, this Premium unit features northeast corner exposure, 10’ ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, large living area, wood flooring throughout, windowed kitchen with breakfast bar, premium finishes, and stainless steel appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

455-Tenth-Avenue-01 The Set (Related)
The Set amenities
With its furnished apartments, unparalleled services, and penthouse-level amenities, The Set blurs the line between residential building and five-star hotel. Residents-only social club includes The Set Club, which in turn comes with a poker table in the game room. Players can order food and drinks from the resident-only restaurant run by chef Dan Kluger.

The Set, #17C (Nest Seekers LLC)

11 availabilities from $3,600/month
$1,000 security deposit for qualified applicants

625-West-57th-Street-01 VIA 57 WEST (The Durst Organization)
Via 57 amenities
While Waterline Square (see above) was still on the drawing board, the Bjarke Ingels-designed VIA 57 WEST transformed the Far West Side residential landscape with its imaginative design and extensive amenities. In addition to the game room with pool, shuffleboard, and foosball tables, there is a dedicated poker room.

Living room with oversized window VIA 57 WEST, #2352 (The Durst Organization)
From the Listing: Designed by award-winning Bjarke Ingles Group, VIA 57 WEST offers a range of studio, one, two, three, and four-bedroom residences, many with private terraces. Spacious apartments, expansive amenities and a lush private resident courtyard balance the vibrant energy of Manhattan with the tranquility of nature, creating an iconic and visual gateway to New York. Unparalleled amenities, sophisticated fitness facilities, a 25-yard pool, and a central garden oasis enhance the living experience and wellbeing of VIA residents. See floor plan and full details here.

28-40-Jackson-Avenue-01 Jackson Park (Tishman Speyer)
LIC rental amenities
At the heart of three-building complex, The Club at Jackson Park offers five stories of premium amenities. The entertainment offerings include a poker and gaming room as well as a billiards lounge and sports simulator.

Open kitchen Jackson Park, #40P (Tishman Speyer)
From the Listing: This elegant east-facing one-bedroom residence features an in-unit washer/dryer, white desert oak flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, solar shades, LED lighting and more. The kitchen includes a gas range, dishwasher, custom cabinetry, under cabinet lighting and Ceasarstone counters, while the bathroom offers a tri-view mirror with storage and custom European vanity. See floor plan and full details here.

8 availabilities from $3,250/month
1 month free rent on a 15-month lease

22-44-Jackson-Avenue-01 5Pointz (MNS)
LIC rentals
When 5Pointz was initially announced, it drew attention for the street art destination it replaced. Since then, though, residents have been drawn to its convenient location, well-thought apartments, and 90,000-square-foot amenities package that includes a game room with poker and pool tables, big-screen TVs, and a video arcade.

Studio apartment 5Pointz, #1108 (MNS)
From the Listing: Your living room is a canvas for you to fill. Here, neutral, elegant finishes are the perfect backdrop for you to create your home. So let your imagination fill the space—all the way from the granite countertops to the oversized windows with indescribable views. See floor plan and full details here.

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