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While politicians bicker over which bidder will get to build a casino at the Aqueduct racetrack, it turns out there already is an Aqueduct casino -- operating out of a Bronx apartment building at 2320 Aqueduct Avenue. There are some juicy details on the condo-slash-casino in this week's Village Voice article on the building: "Perfect Stranger (with Halle Berry) is the matinee playing on TV on a recent Sunday. The gambling parlor is a sparsely furnished room with two faded couches, two genuine slot machines, and a middle-aged woman sitting behind a desk...taking bets from people wandering in." The whole gambling motif also works niftily as a metaphor for the building's history of slumlord ownership and code violations. [Village Voice]