The demise of the NYC OTB has been well documented. Here are a few shots from the NYPL’s picture collection from when OTB was in its salad days.
NYC OTB opened in April of 1971 and shortly began using the ticket booths in the Grand Central Terminal for taking bets.
The New Yorker ran this cartoon in the Sept 16th 1972 issue.
This picture/story about women at a local OTB parlor ran in August of 1971.
If you look closely you’ll see a man or two.
Does anyone else remember when they played the stretch calls on WINS 1010 AM?