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Neon history: Watching a piece of Las Vegas fade into yesteryear

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Yesco’s Kent Faddi slowly steers the New York - New York Hotel & Casino marquee entrance sign as it’s taken down and donated to the Neon Museum on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.
Photo: L.E. Baskow

New York-New York | January 7, 2014 | 11:20 a.m.

I’d documented plenty of signs going up, but never one coming down until I photographed the careful dismantling of the New York-New York marquee so as to preserve it for the Neon Museum. Safety being an issue, I was asked to stay behind a tall wooden barricade, so I requested a ladder, which allowed for a decent view. Once the process began, it was over in a matter of minutes. Like many of these projects, the bulk of the time was spent in preparation, so I shot fast and wide then got the details afterward. For a short time I was in a New York state of mind.

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