The death of Roosevelt Raceway

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  1. LaserT

    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    The worlds leading harness track in the world, for decades. Attracting top horses from all over the world. It was called the Dream Track. This track hosted some of the biggest horse racing, music and religious events in the U.S. The International Trot was the most recognized and richest trot race in the world for decades.

    Roosevelt was built in the late 1890's but was redesigned in 1940 by the well known Arthur Froehlich who designed other innovative modern structures. The architectural plans cost $400,000 and the building was proposed at $12,000,000. In the end the new "Dream Track" (as it was nicknamed) cost $20,000,000. (The various tote boards alone cost approximately $800,000.) The new "plant" consisted of five levels with suspended security levels between floors. It boasted a 14-bed hospital with a fully functional operating room, radio and television broadcast rooms and two restaurants run by Harry M. Stevens, Inc. A new synthetic track was constructed and more than 105,000 watts of light lit its homestretch. It unvieled closed circuit television with each race was broadcast throughout the grandstand. It included one of the biggest Long Island disco clubs in the 1970's, on it's third floor.

    Owners took it over in the mid 80's so they could run it into the ground, so they could sell it for millions(valued at $200,000,000 at the time).

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    Roosevelt raceway and it's mostly constant weekend horse racing crowd of 30,000-40,000 people.

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    Roosevelt Raceway was used numerous times as the backdrop on LIFE magazine fashion ads in the 1950's.

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    The clubhouse that held the biggest celebrities of the times during the International Trot races.

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    What was left of the kitchen before demolition.

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    The Raceway vault

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    I grew up going to the Medowlands harness race track in N.jersey and it was a depressing as hell place. Not just because I lost lots but because there's such a crownd of zombie like gamblers looking for that next big hit to then give it all back. Seemed barbaric towards the animoes also.


    Oh, and nice blast from the past pictures.
     
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    What's there now LT?
     
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    dropped plenty of pay checks there..Wolfpack in the 6th?
     
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    Home Depot, a hotel and townhouses mostly..
     
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    :( races and concerts and huuuuuuuge weekend flea market.
     
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    Mostly MeadowBrooke retirement apartments. Then you have Roosevelt Raceway theatre, Fairway supermarket, Applebee's and other stores.

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    Was too young, but knew about the Roosevelt Flea Market.

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    I've been to the Roosevelt mall a million years ago.
    I grew up with Yonkers Racetrack in my backyard. It always seemed like a seedy place where creepy old men smoking cigars hung out. Loved when the state fair would come though!
     
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    I lost many a happy buck there. Very sad to read this, but thanks for posting the pics.
     
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    Roosevelt field mall is different from Roosevelt raceway. I used to the bus when I was like 12 to Roosevelt mall with my friends and have a great time. And YES the bus went through Howard's old neighborhood and it really was harrrible. The mall was fine though. I got one of my first jobs there. I believe it's where Lindbergh took off from on his first transatlantic fight. @LaserTilt ??
     
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    I used to go to yonkers 1-2 times a year in my yuff.

    It was indeed the seediest, most depressing place going, and somehow the draw for me was the people watching to try to understand what drove that type of lifestyle. Strange, but I don't think I ever recalled seeing ANYONE win...maybe it was an insider thing among the regulars like you were supposed to handle your shit when you won (plus now that i think of it all the railbirds would probably hit you up for a loan).

    NOTHING worse than seeing a down on his luck goomba after a night of bad beats by the ponies.

    PS - I thought HBO's 'Luck' with Dustin Hoffman did a great job painting the picture of the degenerate horse racing gambler....

    Great pics though!!
     
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    That wasn't the track from Easy Money, was it?


     
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    Thanks LT for this thread..I used to go to the flea markets as a kid. What a peice of real estate it has become. The Roosevelt Feild shopping district is one of the busiest in the State
     
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    Howard should buy the city of Roosevelt.

    And build a cat hotel.
     
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    I went to Roosevelt and Yonkers a couple of times in 70's and was a regular at Liberty Bell and Brandywine. The heyday of harness racing was the late sixties and early seventies. Casinos killed horse racing along with increased popularity of football.
     
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  20. wife is a whore

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    Yeah, horse tracks are just for degenerates. Racehorse people make Used Car Salesmen look honest.

    I have been to Meadowlands and Freehold. Only paid to get in once, other times I was with an owner.