Updated: January 9, 2014 at 1:32 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An iconic marquee over a Las Vegas Strip entrance to the New York-New York hotel-casino is being relegated to a historical boneyard.
Workers on Tuesday removed a 30-foot gold-bordered NY NY sign, neon reader board and canopy to make way for construction of a new exterior facade and a pedestrian-friendly shopping and restaurant plaza.
Resort owner MGM Resorts International plans to remodel the faux Brooklyn Bridge and Strip entrance to reopen this spring with features including a new Hershey's Chocolate World and existing Nine Fine Irishmen pub.
The marquee was removed in three sections to be reassembled as part of the Neon Boneyard at the Neon Museum in downtown Las Vegas.
The New York-New York has more than 2,000 rooms. It cost $460 million and opened in January 1997.