Happy FU Day to New York City and casinosMuhammad Cohen

Happy FU Day to New York City and casinosMuhammad Cohen

Warmest regards for Felix Unger Day, this year celebrating New York City, where FU Day and I were born. New York has begun the process of issuing up to three casino licenses for New York City and the downstate area.

Resorts World Catskills hasn’t done much to brighten the Borscht Belt. (Photo credit: Muhammad Cohen)

New York State has a dismal track record on casinos, largely compiled under ousted governor Andrew Cuomo. Issuing three downstate licenses virtually ensures any new NYC casinos won’t be worthy of the greatest city on earth.

And, as Oscar Madison’s secretary Myrna Turner might have told Mistuh Em, “New York City without a casino is like a fish without a bicycle.”

Former US diplomat and broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is Asia editor at large for ICE365, a longtime contributor to Forbes, columnist for Asia Times and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about TV news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook, Twitter @MuhammadCohen and LinkedIn.

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