Within “The Center”
May 8, 2012 § 193 Comments
Okay, I lied, but with good reason! I was expecting to write about just a few things but when I started my research and got deep into the CityCenter (and you know I get in there for you guys) I couldn’t stop writing! There were so many interesting things and the post started to sound like jibber jabber! So this will be part 1 of 2! (kind of?)So a summer ago my brother decided to take a quick work vacation and visit us in San Diego, since weve been everywhere locally we wanted to take a quick run for Las Vegas, which is about four to five hours away, but in our situation its always longer than that. Since Vegas is so close it was always easy to pack up a weekender and drive down there, but for some reason I have never stepped foot into the $8.5 billion behemoth of a project that is the CityCenter. When my family goes on trips I usually handle everything and this time I didn’t care what would stop me, “everyone is going to the CityCenter.” Our hotel is so close I could jump from the ledge and probably not make it but the best would be on the street in front of it. Unfortunately things don’t usually go as planned with my family (someone has to go to the bathroom every 15 minutes). I feel like I’ve seen more restrooms than sites in my whole entire life and its always in weird places too. In this situation it was our last day, we’ve been up all night, every night, all of our feet were swelled because of all the walking and the heat is killing me! But I thought of my future followers and said this is for you (future follower). So i took my purple feet and woke everyone up to visit the CityCenter before check out time. Nothing really compares to the LV heat, I feel like the SPF lotion is frying my flesh rather than protecting it. The rush of heat overcomes you immediately after going through the amazing sliding doors of your hotel.We were coming from the north side of the CC so the way was to walk through the footbridge to the Cosmo which connects to the second floor entrance of Crystals. It was the LONGEST 5 minute walk ever and the structural problems of the Harmon building was not helping either. The thought of this 27 story glass building plummeting to the ground and killing all of humanity underneath it was very chilling. After taking a photo I ran past it like a crazy person, flailing my arms up in the air (people were staring). The CityCenter is composed of 6 main structures sprawled over 67 acres of land (Aria, Vdara, Veer, Harmon, Mandarin Oriental and the Crystals center). The outside of the Crystals strcuture looks like sharp gems sprouting from the ground featuring storefronts like Prada, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co.Once inside, a huge 80 foot tall sculptural tree house/restaurant greets you. Designed by David Rockwell himself (renowned architect of Crystals) the Mastro’s Ocean Club is yet to open, but once it has, the dining area will give an illusion of being underwater/beneath the waves. Another internationally renowned chef has opened 2 new restaurants “within the center.” First to open is the Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina. At first this restaurant was supposed to be a French fine dinning experience called Brasserie Puck but after some issues the name was switched to what is currently being used today and now features rustic Italian creations by the chef. Pods is Puck’s Cafe & Bar offering for people who would rather eat more casually. Located right underneath his pizzeria, Pods cafe stays true to its name with it’s extensive breakfast, lunch and pastry menu. The cafe also presents Wolfgang Pucks venture into coffee & tea creations.
This is the end of Part 1! Follow me and experience part 2, “$40 million and then some.” I hope you guys enjoyed your daily dose!