OTB at 105 Delancey is Closed

Posted on: December 16th, 2010 at 6:38 am by

An eleventh-hour New York State bailout never arrived, and OTB ceased operations last Tuesday.  The gambling operation, which currently owes creditors $67 million, including millions to the New York Racing Association, had already been rescued many times in the recent past.  This time, though, the State Senate ruled 29 to 21 to close operations.

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So, OTB betting parlors across the tri-state area are shuttering, including the one at 105 Delancey.  No more skeeziness here, no more drunkards staggering, and no more sidewalk drama.  Signs in the window instruct bettors on how to claim their money if owed.  In due course, the storefront will likely receive a gut renovation, and a prime piece of real estate will hit the open market.

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But there’s still the ghost signage visible east of Essex Street.

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Here’s a quick look back at a couple instances of sidewalk theater outside 105 Delancey.

There’s been some salsa dancing:

And drunken gamblers:

And scrap metal sellers.

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