With Cosmopolitan’s $1.7 billion sale, the Weekly ponders possible changes

A view of the Cosmopolitan is shown in May 2014.
Photo: Steve Marcus

1. One factor that set Cosmo apart from its Strip brethren (and endeared it to locals trekking to the Boulevard for a fun night out) was a unique sense of convenience. It’s easy to find a parking spot in the subterranean garage, and it’s easy to skip the casino on your way to dinner or a pool show. Hopefully the new guard can find a way to maximize those conveniences—and maybe extend them.

2. When Rehan Choudhry left his position as entertainment director, the dazzling lineup of indie bands (free shows at Book & Stage, anyone?) seemed to go with him. It’s time to up the ante again and bring back those cutting-edge acts.

3. The resort must keep its art element and partnership with New York’s Art Production Fund, which has resulted in the P3Studio lineup and projects such as the Tracey Emin and David Shrigley videos on the marquee.

4. We get that Rose. Rabbit. Lie. is supposed to be tucked away, but the approach is just so … corporate. Build a labyrinth of real trees leading down the hall and make guests answer a random, whimsical question before they enter, just to mess with their heads. This is Wonderland. We want to get clocked with the wonder.

5. The Chelsea is a cool new music venue. Use it more. For stuff beyond Bruno Mars. Kraftwerk is a great start. See where that leads you.

6. The subtle details are what made Cosmo sing at opening, but by now we know all the secrets (and which is our favorite slice). It’s time for a fresh batch of mysteries to keep the magic buzzing.

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