A lot can happen in a decade. Or, not much at all. In the case of Queens’ Aqueduct Racetrack, it was a little bit of both – and a lot of spray foam.
In 2001, still reeling from the nationwide effects of the tech bubble collapse and the aftermath of September 11, the state of New York was looking to bring in new sources of revenue. That October, the state legislature approved a bill that legalized gambling in certain circumstances. The provision specifically allowed for the implementation of video slot machines and electronic table games at several locations throughout the state, including Aqueduct, where the plan was to incorporate a casino into the racetrack facility, a combination that constitutes a “racino.”
“This might be the largest commercial wall project with spray foam in the United States.”