This just in from the “only in Las Vegas” department.
The New Frontier Hotel near the north end of the Las Vegas Strip is demolished in a huge explosion preceded by a great fireworks display that mimics the pending destruction. I think I have this right that the Frontier was the *last remaining* big hotel casinos from the second big surge of activity on the Las Vegas Strip. First there were the original “rat pack” hotels like the original Tropicana and original Frontier. These were gradually replaced by hotels like the Sands, and New Frontier (but not the current Tropicana? I was there less than a year ago for Bodies – The Exhibition so I’m sure it’s still standing, but the current one must be a third generation Tropicana. These in turn have been “replaced” – though not by destruction – by the mega hotels like MGM, Caesar’s Palace, the Mirage, TI, The Venetian, The Wynn, and the Bellagio.