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February 02, 2005

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Christopher

This is one of those places that seem stuck in time to me. There's just something about its architecture and vibe that has always felt very stagnant. The late afternoon/early evening light that you captured so well resonates with my preconceived notion of the subject.

JH

I -- the light is perfect and it fits the setting so well...

Andrew Piccone

I have always seen the raceway but never the inside, nice set. I dont think the sunset affected it too much. What could be interesting is if you go back during the summer when its full of people and racing and the sun is shining and get some shots of that. Keep up the good work, man.

Mannino

I disagree - I think the sunset was the perfect time to do this. gives it a cool look. abandonment can be cool (as long as it isnt us being abandoned)

dragonballyee

I always liked seeing the races under the lights as I drive by on the highway. It was always a calming few seconds during my drive to wherever I was headed.

That sunset shot is pretty fitting for this place whose heyday has long since passed.

Can anyone just walk in there? How'd you get inside?

Ixtayul

There are 4 racing programs per week every week all year round. Plus Racin simulcast every day. Believe it or not it was open. I wanted to take pictures inside but I was spotted by a security guard and even though he questioned what I was doing he didn't stop me from shooting outside. But he wouldn't allow me inside with my camera.

Black

Inconceivable that at one time Yonkers Raceway had 30 thousand plus racing fans every night. Yes, I said THIRTY THOUSAND !!
Let's hope the proposed casino saves this once great landmark.

Black

Inconceivable that at one time Yonkers Raceway had 30 thousand plus racing fans every night. Yes, I said THIRTY THOUSAND !!
Let's hope the proposed casino saves this once great landmark.

jimmy c

I spent many years inside yonkers raceway and the long gone roosevelt raceway. At one time yonkers had an open air brick and I beam grandstand which was connected to the present structure. It was very old dating back to the days when the track was called Empire City and thoroughbreds ran there. In the old days the track was much larger and such champs as "Seabiscuit" ran there. In fact there was a stone mural on the old grandstand facing the parking lot showing 3 thoroughbreds racing together. I still remember large crowds and even a reserved red section in the old grandstand which had an usher(he kicked me out once). Back in the 70s it was hard to find a seat.

Video lottery slot machines will probably revitalize business but ultimately one day ny politicians will get smart and allow table games as well. For 30 years atlantic city has been taking huge revenues from ny gamblers and now too the internet poker sites with no benefit to ny residents.

Lou Cioffi

With this place having 7000 vlt's (when completed) and the revenue will bring larger purses for the standard breds, this place is going to be flying. Patrons will mob this place looking for action and they'll get it. One thing I can't understand though is why there is no hotel/motel planned. That would complete this site as a premier casino, then bring in the table games.
Keep up the good work
Lou Cioffi

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