Aqueduct Racetrack is located on Rockaway Boulevard in Jamaica, New York. Located in the borough of Queens, Aqueduct is the only active racetrack located in New York City as of March 2015.
Aqueduct, also known as the Big A, opened its doors in 1894 at the former location of the Brooklyn Water Works. A conduit at the facility delivered water from Hempstead, New York, to New York City. The 210-acre racetrack was rebuilt in 1955 at a cost of more than $34 million. At the time of its reopening in 1959, the facility was considered the most up-to-date racetrack in North America. In 1981, the Equestris restaurant opened as one of the largest restaurants in New York City. In 2011, Aqueduct added a multilevel casino.