Atlantic City isn’t exactly a cultural tourism destination, but like Las Vegas, there’s at least a little bit of something once you scratch the surface. The Russian mafia aren’t the only Slavs in town.
A lot about Atlantic City is similar to Las Vegas, and just like it’s desert cousin AC has its own branch of Red Square (at the Quarter at Tropicana, 2801 Pacific Avenue). And just like the Las Vegas venue, this one also features a Lenin statue and someone’s idea of a “distinctly Russian ambiance.” The bar has sub-zero vodka lockers, and women get fur coats and men get Russian army coats to venture inside.
A bit lower key is Globus Polish Service (4005 Ventnor Ave), which has groceries and other products from Poland, Bulgaria and other regional countries, phone cards and offers other services such as package delivery and money transfers to Eastern Europe.
Snejana “Snow” Urbin, a star of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance was born in Siberia, but for now she’s holed up at the Tropicana promoting her live show Burn the Floor Presents FloorPlay. Catch it before it closes on 1 September.
Finally, Russians, Bulgarians, Poles, Serbs, Ukrainians, Macedonians, and others will descend on the Borgata (1 Borgata Way) on Sunday for Eurofest 2006, starting at 10:00 p.m. The party is being billed as the city’s largest Euro gathering ever and will feature house, hop hop, electro, trance, and pop/folk music. No cover, and there will be drink specials.