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Las Vegas Mob Museum is Groundbreaking “Hit”

It has been long anticipated for years, fighting one financial hurdle after another, but finally the groundbreaking for the long awaited mob museum took place yesterday.  Keeping true with the mob theme, the doors to the museum were actually busted in. Armed with a baseball bat, Las Vegas Mayor Goodman took a hefty swing and officially knocked in the doors to the museum. OscarGoodman2

The colorful and jubilant ex-mob lawyer promises the museum will provide a unique and entertaining experience when visitors step through the doors. The museum will allow visitors to travel back in time and take part of what it was like to live in the era of the mob and even be part of the law enforcement that brought the mob down.   

Mob memorabilia for the exhibits has been pouring from all over the U.S., much like oozing cement for stylish “cement shoes.” 

“This is a great day for the city of Las Vegas, celebrating the start of construction on our next great attraction, the Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, which will be commonly known as the mob museum,” Goodman said.

One anticipated attraction to the museum will be the actual wall that was part of the St. Valentines Day Massacre back in 1929. 

Mayor Goodman says he has been getting plenty of calls from people all over the country who are interested in coming to museum once it’s open. Goodman says once open, they expect to earn $600,000 to $800,000 a year. 

Construction on the building will start now and then will move to the actual museum. In all, they anticipate having the museum open and ready by 2011.

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Las Vegas Downtown Art Museum Plans Kaboshed

mocaThe dream of Finnish businessman and European art collector Poju Zabludowicz was to come to downtown Las Vegas and build a contemporary art museum.  He and his wife, Anita, have been feverishly collecting art since the mid-1990s and had planned to privately fund and build the museum. 

But, at least for now, that dream will not come true.

 Likewise, the art community of Las Vegas is largely devastated and heartbroken. 

Zabludowicz, chairman and chief executive officer of Tamares Group, withdrew his group’s proposal to build the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in an old fingerprinting building on East Fremont Street in the Las Vegas Entertainment District.  He cited the poor economy for last week’s decision. 

Although Tamares, which owns several Las Vegas downtown properties, including the Las Vegas Club and Plaza, still plans to open MOCA at some undefined future time, it’s just not in the cards now to invest $12 million in a nonprofit venture. 

The City of Las Vegas also required that the museum be completed within two years, a timeline that didn’t work for Tamares.

 The Zabludowicz Collection includes more than 1,000 works by emerging artists of the late 20th and 21st centuries.  Some of those works had been planned to be brought to Las Vegas.  The art centerpiece, titled the “Large Field Array,” would have been a permanent installation of about 8,000 square feet, being comprised of 300 sculptures by British artist Keith Tyson, who won the Turner Prize in 2002. 

The City of Las Vegas has already contacted five other groups that previously submitted proposals for building on the site.  Most of them were for nightclubs. 

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, who has long identified himself as a proponent of the arts, said that he doesn’t support a downtown art museum.  “It’s not necessary to have an art museum.  I want a mob museum,” said Goodman.

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