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The pool at Mandarin Oriental.
MGM announces $214 million deal to sell Mandarin Oriental hotel
Thursday, April 26, 2018
The Mandarin Oriental hotel at CityCenter is being sold for $214 million, MGM Resorts International announced today. The buyer was not disclosed. CityCenter Holdings — a venture between MGM Resorts and Infinity World Development — has entered into ...
Pepper greets visitors to the Mandarin Oriental's 23rd floor Sky Lobby. The 4-foot tall humanoid robot serves as both an attraction and a wealth of information as guests click on her interactive screen.
Dash of Pepper spices up Mandarin Oriental’s lobby
The Strip:
Friday, November 17, 2017
Mandarin Oriental, that rare resort on the Las Vegas Strip that doesn’t feature a casino, a nightclub or a show, has found a creative new way to entertain guests. Pepper, a sleek 4-foot tall humanoid robot with overly wide eyes and a tablet at the ready, greets visitors to the resort’s 23rd floor Sky Lobby. She serves as both ...
Chris Magee, vice president of sustainable facilities for MGM Resorts International, in the Aria power plant facility on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, explains why the company has received national recognition for sustainability.
MGM Resorts lauded for sustainable energy efforts
Friday, May 26, 2017
MGM Resorts International has received national recognition for its sustainability efforts across multiple resorts. ...
CityCenter on Las Vegas Blvd on September 30, 2015. Shown is Mandarin Oriental, Veer Towers, and Crystals Mall.
$1.1 billion sale of Crystals mall has closed
Friday, April 15, 2016
The $1.1 billion sale of the Crystals mall on the Las Vegas Strip has closed, MGM Resorts International announced today. CityCenter Holdings LLC revealed last month that it was selling the luxury mall, known formally as ...
Crystals at CityCenter on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.
CityCenter’s Shops at Crystals selling for $1.1 billion
Friday, March 18, 2016
The luxurious Crystals mall on the Las Vegas Strip is being sold to two real estate companies for about $1.1 billion, its owners announced today. CityCenter ...
Firefighters respond to calls at Strip condominium, Cannery casino
Friday, November 6, 2015
Firefighters put out an oven fire early today at a condominium at Veer Towers on the Las Vegas Strip, according to the Clark County Fire Department. The fire was reported ...
Lobster mashed potatoes
Mastro’s Ocean Club hits all the right notes
Friday, July 17, 2015
Upscale cuisine and service matches intense ‘tree house’ decor at renowned restaurant.
Nancy Rubins' "Big Edge" at CityCenter
CityCenter is a walkable, drinkable art museum
The Incidental Tourist:
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
A different, slightly blurry way of looking at the expansive Strip development.
A view of the Harmon tower in CityCenter on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. The planned 47-story tower, stopped at 26 floors, is being demolished by MGM Resorts.
Settlement reached in lawsuit over flawed Strip hotel tower
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
A last-minute settlement avoided trial Tuesday in a massive civil breach-of-contract lawsuit involving casino giant MGM Resorts International and six of seven contractors on ...
Chef Todd English and Le Cordon Bleu student Todd Huelsman compete during 2013 Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit's Bellagio Block Party on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Chef Todd English charged with intoxicated driving
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Celebrity chef Todd English, who has opened restaurants across the country — including at Bellagio and CityCenter — and written multiple cookbooks, was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving while intoxicated, authorities said. ...
Barry Williams, Florence Henderson and Christopher Knight attend Nevada Ballet Theater’s 30th anniversary Black & White Ball honoring Henderson on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Aria.
Florence Henderson splashes color over NBT’s Black & White Ball
Monday, January 27, 2014
Florence Henderson joked about Viagra, dusted off a joke about George Burns and sang a cappella at Saturday's NBT fundraising gala at Aria.
The Harmon Hotel at CityCenter sits unfinished with the Veer Towers seen in the background on July 29, 2011.
Demolition of flawed tower at CityCenter delayed again
Friday, December 6, 2013
A judge has further delayed demolition of the Harmon Tower to allow the company behind its insurance policy to provide an update on its investigation of CityCenter’s $393.8 million claim that the hotel is a total loss. Inspectors discovered flaws in the steel rebar running through its concrete.
Veer Towers, left, and the Mandarin Oriental are seen at CityCenter.
California buyers scooping up 'cheap' Strip condos
Friday, August 30, 2013
After several dismal years brought on by the recession, sales and prices at luxury high-rises on or near the Strip are rising. The market, while far from booming, is rebounding thanks to drastically lower prices and an improved economy.
An exterior view of the Harmon Tower, June 6, 2013.
Judge approves demolition of flawed CityCenter hotel tower
Friday, August 23, 2013
A judge has granted permission for owners of the CityCenter development to demolish a flawed, half-built hotel tower on the Strip after developers completed a fourth round of testing on the building.
An interior view of STK at the Cosmopolitan.
STK, Tao and Todd English P.U.B. named among top U.S. restaurant bars
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Dining website OpenTable.com has named three Las Vegas hotspots among the best restaurant bars in the country as part of the site’s annual Diner’s Choice Awards.
Construction is nearing completion on the newest Starbucks on the Las Vegas Strip. It's set to open in early March in CityCenter, near Mandarin Oriental.
Ventis at Vdara: CityCenter adding a fourth Starbucks
Business:
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
A fourth Starbucks shop is slated for CityCenter — this time at Vdara.
Bobby Baldwin and wife Audra Baldwin attend the red carpet grand opening of Cirque du Soleil's "Zarkana" at Aria on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.
Poker skills helped CityCenter CEO Baldwin thrive in business
Q&A:
Thursday, May 30, 2013
In an interview with the Sun and VEGAS INC, CityCenter President Bobby Baldwin discusses how his business acumen was shaped by the knowledge he gleaned in becoming one of the world's top poker players.
Raising CityCenter, a collection of images taken by Cirque du Soleil show creation director Armand Thomas, documents the construction of CityCenter from 2006 to 2009.
From red to black: How CityCenter pulled out of the economic morass and started making money
Thursday, May 16, 2013
CityCenter never had it easy. MGM Resorts International announced plans to build the $4 billion development in 2004 during the height of Las Vegas' boom.
A view of the Harmon at MGM's CityCenter looking westbound from a helicopter Monday, May 21, 2012.
Contractors to begin dismantling portions of the Harmon this week
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Structural experts for CityCenter are scheduled as early as Thursday to begin chipping away at sections of concrete in the 26-story unfinished tower on the Las Vegas Strip. They'll be searching for evidence of construction defects they hope to present to a jury this summer. MGM Resorts International, which owns half of CityCenter, seeks to prove flaws that halted construction on the $275 million Harmon four years ago were the fault of its former general contractor.
The Las Vegas skyline is seen from the top of the Bellagio.
How much does it cost to build a Strip resort?
Friday, March 8, 2013
The Genting Group got a steal on the Strip land it bought this week to build Resorts World Las Vegas, a 3,500-room Chinese-themed resort. The Malaysian company paid Boyd Gaming only $350 million for the 87-acre site of the imploded Stardust and failed Echelon. By comparison, Phil Ruffin sold the 36-acre New Frontier property in 2007 for $1.24 billion, a Las Vegas record.
Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob condo in the Mandarin Oriental.
Basketball team owner takes $1 million hit in Strip condo sale
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob sold his luxury condo on the Strip to a local casino executive — and took a loss of more than $1 million on the deal. Lacob, who bought the 3,000-square-foot unit in the Mandarin Oriental three years ago for $3.3 million, sold the condo last month to Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chief Financial Officer Kenneth J. Kay for $2.1 million, Clark County property records show.
Construction is nearing completion on the newest Starbucks on the Las Vegas Strip. It's set to open in early March in CityCenter, near Mandarin Oriental.
CityCenter gets three new Starbucks
Monday, February 25, 2013
The first of three new Starbucks set for CityCenter is expected to open within the next two weeks.
Randy Anderson and Jenni Lafollette of Minneapolis, Minn. look at a photo on their digital camera after getting married Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Las Vegas wedding chapels were busy all day as many couples wanted to get married on the date of 12-12-12.
New chapel at Aria brings modern edge to Las Vegas weddings
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
If you're looking for a Las Vegas wedding without the kitsch, a new chapel is bringing a contemporary option to the Strip.
The Veer Towers at CityCenter dwarf the Harmon Hotel, which sits empty and unfinished Friday, July 29, 2011.
Veer Towers has 100 condominium units to sell
Real estate:
Thursday, January 24, 2013
A month after buying most of the remaining condos at CityCenter's Veer Towers, East Coast investors are putting 100 units back up for sale today. Executives with Ladder Capital and Pordes Residential Sales & Marketing plan to sell their 427 condos in phases, said Las Vegas broker Jim Navarro, who is overseeing the efforts at the Strip complex. It will take about three years to sell the entire portfolio, he estimated. Navarro and six salespeople will work out of a 30th-floor suite in the development's west tower.
MGM Resorts International employees perform in during a dress rehearsal for the Inspiring Our World show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.
MGM Resorts employees take the stage to teach about diversity
Q&A:
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Jim Murren admits to getting choked up listening to employees talk about the hardships they've endured. This week has been especially rough — and gratifying — for the CEO of MGM Resorts International. Murren is one of 50,000 MGM workers who this week will attend "Inspiring our World," a stage show about identity put on by MGM employees for MGM employees. The goal is to teach about the value of workforce diversity.
The Harmon at CityCenter in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.
Harmon Hotel case to be tied up in court well into 2014
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Litigation over the flawed Harmon Hotel tower at CityCenter will continue well into 2014 under a court order issued Monday. A judge set a June 24, 2013, trial on CityCenter payment issues and a separate trial beginning Jan. 6, 2014, on the Harmon defect claims.
Bill McBeath, president and chief operating officer of Aria, is shown in the Silk Road restaurant during its Dec. 1 opening.
No. 2 executive at CityCenter resigns
Monday, December 3, 2012
Bill McBeath, president and chief operating officer of the $8.5 billion CityCenter casino-resort complex on the Las Vegas Strip, has resigned. CityCenter CEO Bobby Baldwin will assume his duties, MGM Resorts International told employees.
The Harmon at CityCenter in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.
CityCenter appeals order that could delay demolition of Harmon tower
Friday, October 26, 2012
CityCenter has asked the Nevada Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that could delay demolition of the flawed Harmon hotel tower and a trial over defects in the structure.
A server takes a beverage order from MGM Mirage employees at the Aria buffet Monday, Dec. 14, 2009.
Aria closes its buffet for remodeling
Thursday, October 18, 2012
After three years and strong consumer reviews, the buffet at Aria has closed to remake its food and atmosphere. The buffet closed Monday and is expected to reopen by the end of the year.
A view of MGM's CityCenter taken from a helicopter Monday, May 21, 2012. Vdara is at left, and Aria is at right.
‘Opened at a bad moment,’ CityCenter surviving in still-struggling Las Vegas
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The $8.5 billion CityCenter — built in Las Vegas’ heyday but opened after the recession had set in — continues to struggle, though it is benefiting from growing numbers of visitors to the area. One of the largest privately financed developments in the United States, the 67-acre project on the Strip took five years to design and build, and opened in late 2009 to much fanfare.
The Harmon at CityCenter in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.
Court temporarily blocks questioning of PR consultants in Harmon tower lawsuit
Courts:
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Nevada Supreme Court on Monday refused to let a contractor proceed with questioning set this week for public relations representatives hired by the owner of the flawed Harmon Hotel tower on the Strip.
The Harmon at CityCenter in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.
Court asked to stop probe of CityCenter PR activities for the Harmon
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Nevada Supreme Court has been asked to intervene in a dispute over whether CityCenter has been trying to taint the jury pool in next year's trial over problems at the flawed Harmon Hotel tower.
Second-quarter LV casino results show slow improvement
Monday, August 27, 2012
On the Strip, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and MGM Resorts International fared the best in the second quarter, delivering surprisingly strong financial results, according to recent earnings reports. Wynn Resorts Ltd. and Las Vegas Sands Corp. produced solid local numbers, while Caesars Entertainment’s results were disappointing.
A view of the Harmon at MGM's CityCenter looking westbound from a helicopter Monday, May 21, 2012.
CityCenter considering more testing to prove Harmon defects
THE STRIP:
Saturday, July 28, 2012
CityCenter executives are considering conducting more destructive inspections of its flawed Harmon Hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip after a court ruling Friday.
A view of the Harmon at MGM's CityCenter looking westbound from a helicopter Monday, May 21, 2012.
After Harmon is imploded, what will take its place at CityCenter?
Monday, July 23, 2012
The ruling last week that potentially speeds up demolition of the $275 million Harmon hotel has casino industry observers wondering what CityCenter will develop in the tower’s place.
A view of the Harmon at MGM's CityCenter looking westbound from a helicopter Monday, May 21, 2012.
Judge gives OK to raze flawed Harmon hotel tower
Thursday, July 19, 2012
A Nevada state judge is giving the go-ahead to raze a flawed hotel tower that never opened when MGM Resorts International and Dubai World opened the rest of the $8.5 billion CityCenter development on the Las Vegas Strip.
A view of the Harmon at MGM's CityCenter looking westbound from a helicopter Monday, May 21, 2012.
CityCenter back in court seeking OK to demolish Harmon tower
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Four years after Clark County building inspectors issued corrective-action and stop-work orders at the Harmon on the Las Vegas Strip, the hotel’s owner is back in court seeking permission to demolish it. After a four-month recess, testimony resumed Monday in Clark County District Court in a hearing on whether CityCenter can demolish the hotel prior to a trial planned for next year in a lawsuit over Harmon design and construction defects and unpaid Harmon construction invoices.
Judge scolds shareholders’ attorneys suing MGM Resorts International
Thursday, June 21, 2012
A judge on Wednesday scolded attorneys suing MGM Resorts International and told them to knock off what he suggested were abusive litigation tactics.
From small westside restaurant to directing a staff at Aria, Michael Shetler drinks it all in
Q&A:
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Michael Shetler — a beer, wine and cocktails expert — was drawn to Las Vegas 13 years ago to work at the newly opened Rosemary’s Restaurant. Ten years later, he left the now-closed restaurant to be the lead sommelier at Sage at Aria, then became the restaurant’s general manager. Today, Shetler is now director of beverage at Aria and enjoys a rare view of the Vegas food and beverage industry.
The Harmon Hotel at CityCenter sits empty and unfinished with the Veer Towers seen in the background Friday, July 29, 2011.
CityCenter called financial ‘black hole’ in lawsuit over stock losses
Thursday, April 19, 2012
MGM Resorts International shareholders and bondholders have filed an amended class-action lawsuit in hopes of recovering losses from the decline of the Las Vegas company’s stock and bond prices between 2007 and 2009.
The Harmon Hotel at CityCenter sits unfinished with the Veer Towers seen in the background on July 29, 2011.
After lengthy hearing, it's clearer than ever that Harmon is doomed to demolition
Sunday, March 18, 2012
It’s almost certain that the Harmon hotel tower in Las Vegas — which a top CityCenter executive calls a “monument of construction defects” — will be demolished sooner or later in spectacular and unusual fashion. What’s unusual for the Harmon is that it’s a brand-new, almost-completed structure.
A building wrap, starting at the base of the Harmon, points pedestrians to CityCenter and the Crystals mall Monday, Feb. 28, 2011.
Harmon implosion hearing recessed until July
Friday, March 16, 2012
Four days of hearings this week failed to resolve whether CityCenter can demolish its Harmon hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip prior to a jury trial on defective work there — and a new round of hearings is now set for July.
The Harmon Hotel at CityCenter, which sits empty and unfinished and now serves as a giant billboard, is seen Friday, July 29, 2011.
Perini lawyer says Harmon is safe; thorny issues compel call for more hearings
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Don’t look for a quick decision on whether the Harmon hotel tower in Las Vegas can be imploded because of construction defects and safety concerns.
The Harmon at CityCenter in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.
Judge in Harmon case refuses to allow attorneys to place blame
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
A judge Tuesday refused to let attorneys stray into side issues as she weighs whether the Harmon hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip can be demolished.
The Harmon Hotel at CityCenter sits empty and unfinished with the Veer Towers seen in the background Friday, July 29, 2011.
A quake could topple the Harmon, engineer testifies in Strip case
MGM Resorts, Perini square off in first day of court clash
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
A hearing is under way on CityCenter’s request that it be allowed to demolish the never-occupied, $279 million Harmon hotel building on the Las Vegas Strip because of construction defects and safety concerns.
MGM results improve on Las Vegas Strip spending, China growth
GAMING:
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
MGM Resorts International on Wednesday said net revenue improved across the board for its Las Vegas casino resorts in the fourth quarter, helping the company narrow its loss for the period.
CityCenter ends 2011 on upswing
Monday, February 13, 2012
MGM Resorts International on Monday disclosed that business improved during the fourth quarter for its half-owned $8.5 billion CityCenter casino resort complex on the Las Vegas Strip.
Mastro's is an overlooked bastion of seafood mastery on the Strip.
Seafood worth wading (through tourists) for: Mastro's Ocean Club
Thursday, February 9, 2012
It isn’t easy to convince my fellow Las Vegans, my friends and neighbors, to make that drive to the Strip and struggle against the tourist current to experience a delicious but expensive dinner.
The Harmon at CityCenter in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.
Subcontractors fight Harmon demolition plan
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Two subcontractors have joined the general contractor in fighting plans by MGM Resorts International to implode the unused Harmon Tower at CityCenter on the Las Vegas Strip. The CityCenter casino-resort complex, half owned and managed by MGM Resorts International, says the 26-story hotel structure is unsafe because of construction defects and needs to come down.
The News at Crystals inside CityCenter Las Vegas Thursday, October 27, 2011.
Newsstand opens at CityCenter
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Las Vegas’ most luxurious shopping mall recently got an addition: a newsstand.
The Harmon Hotel at CityCenter sits empty and unfinished with the Veer Towers seen in the background Friday, July 29, 2011.
CityCenter seeks to collect evidence at Harmon before implosion
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Attorneys for the CityCenter resort complex on the Las Vegas Strip asked a judge Wednesday to approve additional testing of the flawed Harmon Hotel — work that would precede the planned implosion of the building. The tests are needed to collect evidence for use in the massive lawsuit over unpaid bills for construction of the $279 million Harmon, and counterclaims that construction defects there have left the building unusable and in danger of collapsing in an earthquake.
Supreme Court ruling may get CityCenter lawsuit moving again
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The massive and long-delayed CityCenter construction litigation in Las Vegas could get back on track soon now that the Nevada Supreme Court has resolved a side issue.
MGM Resorts International's CityCenter project is seen on the Strip on April 28, 2011.
MGM Resorts makes list of America's most environmentally responsible companies
Environment:
Thursday, October 20, 2011
For the second year in a row, MGM Resorts International has been named one of Newsweek Magazine’s 500 most environmentally-responsible U.S. companies.
Landry’s Restaurants gets OK to buy Eva Longoria's bankrupt Beso
Monday, October 3, 2011
Actress Eva Longoria received the kiss of approval Monday for the sale of her bankrupt Beso restaurant in Las Vegas. A judge approved a contested proposal by Landry’s Restaurants Inc. to buy the assets for $1 million.
Eva Longoria's Beso restaurant's fate in hands of CityCenter mall
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
A quick-witted bankruptcy judge reminded everyone in his courtroom Monday that the luxury Crystals shopping mall on the Las Vegas Strip is the entity that actually controls the fate of Eva Longoria’s Beso restaurant there.
Longoria to own 30 percent of new Beso restaurant business
Saturday, August 27, 2011
The best thing going for Eva Longoria’s Beso restaurant in Las Vegas is the “Desperate Housewives” actress herself. That was shown Friday when details were disclosed on plans by a subsidiary of Landry’s Restaurants of Houston to buy the Beso LLC assets out of bankruptcy for $1 million.
MGM Resorts International's plan to implode the Harmon tower at CityCenter faces unusual obstacles. The tower, discovered to have building errors, is at the center of litigation between MGM and the project's general contractor.
Getting OK to implode the Harmon proving to be monumental task
Thursday, August 25, 2011
When owners of old casinos are ready to pull the plug, they head to Clark County government offices for a demolition permit, detailing how and when the building should be taken down so as not to harm neighbors.
A side view of the El Rancho's Oct. 3, 2000 implosion. The building was demolished to make room for Turnberry Place, a set of high-rise luxury condominiums.
Out with a bang: 10 Strip implosions
Thursday, August 25, 2011
It's almost as much a part of Las Vegas culture as slot machines and showgirls: When it's time to take down a massive building, resorts on the Strip do it with a bang.
The sweeping forms of Aria are visible from a two-bedroom apartment at Veer Towers at CityCenter.
Aria guests sue after acquiring Legionnaire’s disease
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Six guests of the Aria hotel in Las Vegas sued the property and its builder Tuesday, charging they acquired Legionnaire’s disease there and then endured pain and suffering and incurred hefty medical bills while recovering.
Judge OKs plan for Landry’s to operate Eva Longoria’s Beso restaurant
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
A bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved a plan in which restaurant and casino operator Landry’s Restaurants Inc. of Houston is bailing out Eva Longoria’s Beso restaurant in Las Vegas.
Viva Elvis
A few suggestions on how to revive Cirque's 'Viva Elvis'
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Cirque has always tweaked its shows after opening, but this kind of bold, public, expensive retooling is unprecedented.
Angel Management makes play to acquire Eva Longoria’s Beso
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Plans by Landry’s Restaurants Inc. to buy Eva Longoria’s Beso restaurant in Las Vegas are being challenged, with a competing proposal emerging Monday from nightclub operator Angel Management Group.
The Harmon Hotel at CityCenter sits unfinished with the Veer Towers seen in the background on July 29, 2011.
MGM Resorts seeks to demolish CityCenter's Harmon Hotel
Proposed timetable calls for demolition to be completed in 6 months
Monday, August 15, 2011
MGM Resorts International today said it’s recommending to Clark County that the quarter-billion-dollar Harmon Hotel at CityCenter on the Las Vegas Strip be demolished because of construction defects. MGM Resorts said it is seeking Clark County Building Department approval to raze the empty, unused building.
The Jockey Club, a timeshare/condominium property nestled between the Cosmopolitan and CityCenter, isn't quite as shiny and new as its neighbors.
Jockey Club can teach its giant neighbors some economic lessons
Friday, August 12, 2011
The room was booked over the phone because the website couldn’t handle a same-day reservation. Valet parking cost $20 because the attendant couldn’t break a $5 bill. Our belongings were dragged through a Byzantine maze of non-ADA-compliant steps and hallways to get to the bank of elevators that take guests to their rooms. And that’s when the adventure really began.
Eva Longoria's Beso in CityCenter's Crystals.
Golden Nugget owner takes over Eva Longoria's Beso restaurant
Business:
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Restaurant and casino operator Landry’s Restaurants Inc. has stepped in to prevent the closure of Eva Longoria’s Beso restaurant in Las Vegas – and Landry's now hopes to buy Beso out of bankruptcy.
The Harmon Hotel at CityCenter sits empty and unfinished with the Veer Towers seen in the background Friday, July 29, 2011.
Legal skirmish over flawed Harmon may never reveal defect blame
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The stunted Harmon hotel at CityCenter stands as a constant reminder of the most startling construction defects case in Las Vegas: What was to be a 49-story tower is instead paralyzed and empty at 26 stories because of overwhelming construction flaws. Nobody wants to take the fall for what happened at Harmon.
The Harmon tower at CityCenter is shown while under construction in July 2009 on the Las Vegas Strip.
MGM: CityCenter sound, apart from Harmon hotel tower
DEVELOPMENT:
Saturday, July 23, 2011
MGM Resorts International stopped work on the Strip’s Harmon hotel in January 2009 after disclosing that contractors had made significant structural errors, including the improper placement of steel used to hold up the tower.
A building wrap, starting at the base of the Harmon, points pedestrians to CityCenter and the Crystals mall Monday, Feb. 28, 2011.
Engineer: CityCenter's Harmon would collapse in earthquake
Monday, July 11, 2011
The unfinished Harmon hotel tower at CityCenter on the Las Vegas Strip would likely collapse in a strong earthquake, a structural engineer told casino operator MGM Resorts International on Monday.
Anthony Young checks out the view from the recreation room at Veer Towers in CityCenter Wednesday, June 15, 2011.
Valet living, loving life high above the Las Vegas Strip
j. patrick coolican:
Friday, June 17, 2011
Anthony Young is living the Las Vegas dream if there ever were one. When he’s not working as a valet at New York-New York, he can crash at his cool, tile-floored, 12th-floor studio apartment at one of the Veer Towers at CityCenter.
A view of Veer Towers, left, and the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas are shown during a tour of MGM Mirage's CityCenter project Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009. The photo is taken looking east from the Aria toward Las Vegas Boulevard.
Mandarin Oriental not expecting quick return on Vegas hotel
Thursday, May 19, 2011
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group isn’t expecting a quick return on its first Las Vegas hotel, which it opened at CityCenter in December 2009.
Eva Longoria's Beso in CityCenter's Crystals.
Eva Longoria club investors get more time in bankruptcy case
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Eva Longoria’s restaurant and nightclub received a boost in their bankruptcy case when a judge gave them more time to exclusively file a financial reorganization plan.
CityCenter
16 months later, CityCenter has yet to hit its stride
THE BIG STORY: As spectacular as CityCenter is, it has become Las Vegas’ Tower of Babel—serving as a symbol of what could go wrong.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Many had expected CityCenter to be the crowning achievement on the Vegas Strip that would reset the center of one of the most famous streets in the world. It was called a sign of what’s to come and the cherry on top of Las Vegas’ sundae in a community that thought the good times would never end.
Kim Kardashian hosts Valentine's Day at Marquee at The Cosmopolitan on Feb. 14, 2011.
Hot Spots: Kim Kardashian at Wet Republic, Liquid opens and more
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Also, it's Boot Camp at Tao at the Venetian tonight, with clubgoers in camo receiving an open bar; the season opener at Krave is a foam party, so dress in ...
Eva Longoria's Beso in CityCenter's Crystals.
Eva Longoria's Beso hit with allegations of harassment, unpaid taxes
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Eva Longoria's Beso restaurant and Eve nightclub in Las Vegas face new legal challenges in the form of a sexual harassment complaint and allegations about unpaid taxes.
Eva Longoria's Beso moves forward amid bankruptcy
Monday, April 4, 2011
Eva Longoria's Beso restaurant and Eve nightclub in Las Vegas appears to be running at about a breakeven pace while in bankruptcy -- and it's making progress on getting some creditors paid.
Market Cafe, inside the lobby of Vdara and featuring grab-and-go sandwiches and pastries, as well as a market, is shown here on March 3, 2011.
Vdara market at CityCenter caters to guests’ evolving appetites
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The town that invented megaresorts and supersized nightclubs with beach parties can add another concept to its roster of capitalist surprises: the neighborhood hotel minimart. Market Cafe Vdara is a departure in a tourist zone where quick eats are typically found in fast-food courts, gift shops or gritty-looking minimarts.
A building wrap, starting at the base of the Harmon, points pedestrians to CityCenter and the Crystals mall Monday, Feb. 28, 2011.
CityCenter hopes new signage brings more traffic
MGM Resorts says changes continue in response to customer feedback
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
When Deutsche Bank opened the Cosmopolitan on the Strip in December, misinformed tourists and some Las Vegas residents mistakenly grouped the new resort with MGM Resorts International’s CityCenter complex next door. It was easy to see why.
CityCenter's Beso restaurant could face eviction over finances, attorney says
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Eva Longoria's Beso restaurant and Eve nightclub on the Las Vegas Strip is in worse financial shape than previously reported and faces eviction if it can't get its finances straightened out.
A view of the Silk Road restaurant during the opening of Vdara on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009.
Silk Road restaurant to close, grocery store to open at CityCenter's Vdara
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The Vdara hotel-condo tower at CityCenter is closing its only restaurant in light of a small grocery store opening at the property.
A view of the entrance to CityCenter is shown on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, November 23, 2010.
CityCenter cutting labor by not filling vacant jobs
LOOKING IN ON: GAMING:
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
MGM Resorts International is aiming to boost the flagging fortunes of its $8.5 billion CityCenter development on the Strip, in part by reducing its biggest expense: labor.
Eva Longoria Parker and Kim Kardashian at Beso and Eve on Dec. 30, 2009.
CityCenter sides with Longoria, Beso against dismissal of bankruptcy case
Saturday, February 5, 2011
CityCenter attorneys this week sided with star tenant Eva Longoria in a dispute in the Beso restaurant bankruptcy case, agreeing the case should not be dismissed as demanded by disgruntled Beso investor Mali Nachum.
Brad Womack of ABC's "The Bachelor" is photographed during a group date at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The episode, which was taped, airs Monday, Jan. 31, 2011.
Las Vegas Strip, Speedway featured in tonight's 'The Bachelor' episode
Monday, January 31, 2011
Brad Womack’s search for love in the reality show “The Bachelor” takes him to Las Vegas for dates with the girls fighting for his affection — and the hard-to-get rose, which means they are safe during the end-of-the-show elimination.
The sweeping forms of Aria are visible from a two-bedroom apartment at Veer Towers at CityCenter.
S&P issues negative outlook for CityCenter
Monday, January 24, 2011
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services issues a negative outlook on CityCenter, and says the casino complex will have trouble generating enough cash flow to justify its current capital structure.
The sweeping forms of Aria are visible from a two-bedroom apartment at Veer Towers at CityCenter.
CityCenter raises $1.5 billion to reduce debt
Friday, January 21, 2011
The world's most expensive casino development has raised $1.5 billion to pay down existing debt.
A view of the entrance to CityCenter is shown on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, November 23, 2010.
CityCenter prices $1.5 billion notes offering
the strip:
Friday, January 14, 2011
CityCenter Holdings LLC, a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Dubai World's Infinity World Development Corp., has priced a $1.5 billion senior secured notes offering. The offering is expected to close on Jan. 21.
Eva Longoria Parker hosts the grand opening of her Beso restaurant and Eve Nightclub at CityCenter on Dec. 3, 2009.
Legal battle heats up over finances of Eva Longoria's Beso nightclub at CityCenter
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Eva Longoria faces more legal drama as an investor in her Las Vegas restaurant Beso is asking that Beso's Jan. 6 bankruptcy petition be thrown out of court, charging it was filed in bad faith. Attorneys for the investor, Mali Nachum, said in court papers filed Tuesday that Beso at the Crystals mall was "operating at a huge profit margin" while she and her husband Ronen Nachum were managing the restaurant and Eve nightclub.
Eva Longoria Parker unveils her Madame Tussauds wax figure at Eve in MGM CityCenter's Crystals on Oct. 13, 2010.
Eva Longoria sued by former partner over Beso nightclub at CityCenter
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
"Desperate Housewives" co-star Eva Longoria is being sued for at least $4 million over her financially troubled Las Vegas nightclub at CityCenter on the Strip.
Agencies differ on outlook of CityCenter finances
Monday, January 10, 2011
Two debt-rating services differed today on the outlook for the $8.5 billion CityCenter resort complex on the Las Vegas Strip.
Eva Longoria Parker and Kim Kardashian at Beso and Eve on Dec. 30, 2009.
Eva Longoria's Beso files bankruptcy to restructure debt
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Beso, the Las Vegas restaurant and nightclub at CityCenter owned by actress Eva Longoria and co-investors, filed for bankruptcy Thursday to restructure nearly $5.7 million in debt and other liabilities.
Veer Towers, Crystals and The Harmon Hotel at CityCenter in October 2009.
Fact-checking CityCenter
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Here we separate the promises made, kept and broken.
Some say the entrance to CityCenter is not inviting to pedestrians.
Design challenges leave passers-by passing CityCenter by
Sunday, November 28, 2010
While defending their financially troubled development as a forward-thinking enterprise yet to hit its stride, CityCenter’s developers acknowledge a problem with the landmark, $8.5 billion project: Many pedestrians are simply passing it by.
Penn National exec on Fontainebleau bidding: 'We feared CityCenter more than we should have'
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Penn National Gaming Chief Financial Officer Bill Clifford said Tuesday his company over-anticipated CityCenter’s effect on the Las Vegas market when it backed out of bidding for the stalled Fontainebleau project on the Strip.
CityCenter reaches payment agreements with 205 subcontractors
Monday, November 15, 2010
The CityCenter casino-resort complex on the Las Vegas Strip says it's making good progress in paying subcontractors for their work on the project -- and is reiterating that no decision has been made on the fate of the stalled Harmon.
A look at the new model condos April 14, 2010, at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas at CityCenter.
High-rise condo sales at CityCenter a mixed bag
Friday, November 12, 2010
In a high-rise market hurting for sales, success has been redefined. The closing of high-rise condominiums at CityCenter has beaten expectations, even though it trimmed prices 30 percent a year ago and only one-third of those under contract were completed. Closings have slowed to a trickle in the past two to three months, but MGM Resorts International has no plans to cut prices further to boost transactions.
An illustration of what a wrap on the side of Aria might look like.
Cut the wrap, Aria! Ads seriously undercut design
The Strip Sense:
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
MGM Resorts brass made many pre-opening claims about CityCenter that were, in retrospect, ridiculous.
Will someone pass Jim Begley the Tums?
Dig into some of Vegas’ extreme burger adventures
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Jim Begley goes on an eating adventure.
Judge reduces Perini’s lien against CityCenter
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Overruling the objection of CityCenter general contractor Perini Building Co., a state judge has reduced Perini’s lien against the Las Vegas Strip casino resort complex by $67.7 million -- but with conditions.
Vdara 'death ray' captures imagination of world's media
Vdara 'death ray' captures imagination of world's media
Saturday, October 2, 2010
On warm days, Vdara’s glass-sheathed curve focuses the sun into a beam capable of melting plastic and burning skin. MGM Resorts is examining the CityCenter hotel’s architectural flaw.
The Paul Smith storefront is shown in Crystals, CityCenter's retail district, Saturday, September 18, 2010.
CityCenter’s Crystals adjusts, boosts occupancy with new retailers
Monday, September 20, 2010
More than nine months after its opening, Crystals is still evolving. Managers of CityCenter’s retail district are recruiting new retailers, tweaking the mall’s design and making adjustments where they see fit.
Social House's Thai beef salad
Social House improves on its quality pan-Asian cuisine in new location
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
A reclaimed treasure: Social House is back!