It's difficult to walk into the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway and not be reminded at every turn about what is truly beautiful about the slots-at-tracks model

Yonkers Raceway at dusk


The Clubhouse at Yonkers Raceway

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It’s local, first of all. Empire City is nestled conveniently off Interstate 87 in this gritty old town on the Hudson River. Yonkers Raceway, the landmark harness track that houses it, dates all the way back to 1899. It’s part of the history of the place. Folks know it well, and they can get to it without spending a lot of time and money, and that means a lot to the seniors who comprise the majority of the racino’s clientele. For them it is more than a matter of convenience. Empire City is community. It’s somewhere to go on a weekday to meet friends, share a table for a sandwich or snack and try their luck wiling away a few hours at the machines in comfort and safety. They’re recognized when they walk in the doors. Their patronage is valued and rewarded.



Empire City's slot floor features many of the latest games

PRETTY PROPERTY

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Empire City's state-of-the-art slot floor offers more than 5,000 gaming machines

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