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Get an Eyeful of The Park Las Vegas at New York-New York and Monte Carlo

MGM Resorts has unveiled some sexy new renderings of The Park, an outdoor plaza that will connect New York-New York and Monte Carlo.

This is close as we’ve ever come to licking a rendering.

The stroll-friendly space will feature restaurants, bars and retail shops.

The renderings also show the location of MGM Resort’s 20,000-seat sports arena. A groundbreaking for the $350 million arena happens May 1, 2014. The arena will open in 2016.

Yeah, because in Las Vegas, drivers are known for stopping at crosswalks without traffic signals.

The new outdoor district follows a trend set by Caesars Entertainment with its new Linq outdoor pedestrian mall between Flamingo and The Quad, the centerpiece of which is the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, the High Roller. Both projects are a response to visitor demand for more non-gambling offerings.

All our brothers and sister were apparently not available to appear in this rendering.

A lot of the enhancements at The Park can already be seen at New York-New York and Monte Carlo, and restaurant offerings like Double Barrel Roadhouse have already opened. Soon-to-come is a massive Hershey’s Chocolate World store. Also on the way is a Shake Shack burger stand.

MGM Resorts has given a sneak preview of other offerings in the works, too, including Bruxie, a gourmet waffle restaurant; Sake Rok, featuring Japanese cuisine; a Robert Mondavi Jr. restaurant, lounge and wine bar; Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, a country bar and restaurant; and a Beer Garden, because beer.

Seriously, though, they couldn’t find even one virtual African-American? How about a Korean? Anything?

Read more about what’s up at The Park, a new way to experience outdoors in Las Vegas. If you’re into that kind of thing. Then again, if we wanted more outdoors, we’d live in Seattle. We’re just saying.