The Last Days of OTBS

And another weird New York institution bites the dust: The Off-Track Betting Corporation, the state-owned horse betting business, has finally closed after years of threatening to do so. Fifty parlors were shut down and 1,000 people were laid off.

For better or worse, OTB is unlikely to return, but we liked the suggestion of retired postal worker John Grassley: "Turn it over to the Gambinos." Here are some photos from the end.

The Last Days of OTBS

The Last Days of OTBS

The Last Days of OTBS

The Last Days of OTBS

The Last Days of OTBS

The Last Days of OTBS

The Last Days of OTBS

[Top photo via AP. All other photos via Getty]