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Resorts World: 2 yrs, $1B

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:12 am, Thu Nov 7, 2013.

Resorts World Casino New York City celebrated its second birthday on Tuesday, and has not failed to make news.

Earlier this month, the casino began running bus service to and from Manhattan. The coach buses, above on Woodhaven Boulevard, are free and run on three routes: an East Side line that starts at E. 96th Street and Lexington Avenue; a West Side line from W. 96th Street and Columbus Avenue and a Midtown line that starts at Avenue of the Americas and W. 50th Street.

The casino has garnered more than $930 million in tax revenue to New York State since opening in October 2011, of which nearly $600 million has gone directly to the state’s education fund. That is in addition to the $381 million dollar licensing fee paid in 2010, bringing Resorts World’s contribution to the state to over a billion dollars to date. The casino also donated $150,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens, which is expanding its Richmond Hill facility.

“While we never doubted this would be a successful venture, not only for Resorts World Casino New York City, but for the Queens community and New York State, we are incredibly proud of how far we’ve come,” Edward Farrell, the casino president, said last week.

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