Illusionist to make helicopter appear inside Rivers Casino

SCHENECTADY — For its next trick, Rivers Casino & Resort will try to make the grand opening of its hotel a magical affair. Illusionist Steve Wyrick will attempt to make a full-size helicopter appear on stage inside the event center at Rivers Casino & Resort during a VIP event on July 25. The feat will mark the ceremonial grand opening of The Landing Hotel, which opens to guests Wednesday. “My new multimedia show merges the art of illusion with the most advanced video technology available,” Wyrick said in a prepared statement. “I promise an unforgettable and totally original and captivating performance that Schenectady won’t forget!” Read Full Story: Here Brett Samuels | July 18, 2017. "Illus

SummerNight draws 20,000-plus, highlights Schenectady's progress

Schenectady SummerNight 2017 drew more than 20,000 people to the city’s downtown district Friday night, flooding State Street with revelers from throughout the Capital District who came to watch Blues Traveler perform and a fireworks display at the annual summer block party. Schenectady County District 3 Legislator Cathy Gatta said the event, now in its 10th year, is always a success, but even more so this year as the city is cresting a wave of economic progress. Gatta said energy is being generated in the city by the recent introduction of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, the opening of Rivers Casino in February, and the several new bars, breweries and restaurants popping up in the

Here's when guests can begin staying at The Landing Hotel

Schenectady’s newest hotel will officially open to guests on July 19 at Rivers Casino & Resort, officials announced Tuesday. The Landing Hotel has started taking reservations, with the first guests able to arrive next week. The hotel is adjacent to Rivers Casino and will feature 165 rooms spread across six stories. A grand opening event will take place later in the month, officials said. The boutique hotel includes a fitness center, lobby and bar areas, valet and bell service, meeting space and access to an outdoor patio space that overlooks the Mohawk River. Officials touted the opening as just in time for the season at Saratoga Race Course, which begins July 21 and brings an influx of visi