Casino opening delayed due to bird poop

Aug. 15, 2011 at 1:05 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The owners of the Aqueduct Race Track, New York City's first casino, said the grand opening has been delayed due to pigeon droppings in the building.

Genting Resorts World New York said the more than $15 million it has spent to clean up the building, which first opened in 1894, includes funds for removing pigeon droppings from the floors, ceilings and walls of the facility, the New York Post reported Monday.

The company said the grand opening of the casino has been pushed back to fall in part due to the cleanup efforts.

The city Health Department said the pigeon poo represents a "small health risk" for conditions including cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis and psittacosis.

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