Looks like New York City is going to be getting a brand new attraction. Plans are in the works for a new Ferris Wheel to be constructed in Staten Island, and it is reportedly going to be the largest one in the world.
The attraction will be called the "New York Wheel".
According to the Gothamist, the $230 million Ferris Wheel project should come to fruition in 2015. As one component of a large revitalization project, the proposed 625-foot tall wheel would offer spectacular views of the city.
The announcement of the new wheel was made this morning by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with an unveiling of the approximate $500 million revitalization plan for Staten Island. Other additions include a designer outlet mall retail area and a 200-room hotel.
“The New York Wheel will be an attraction unlike any other in New York City — even unlike any of the planet,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a press release. “It will offered unparalleled and breathtaking views, and is sure to become one of the premier attractions in New York City.”
The wheel was designed and will be constructed by Starneth, the company that built the London Eye. The planned location for the new attraction is on a 14-acre site near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and in the vicinity of Richmond County Bank Ballpark.
Reportedly, the ride will have 36 capsules, be 38-minutes long and offer fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline. The New York Wheel is currently slated to be open daily, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. year round, with longer hours during the summer season and special occasions. That being the case, riders can experience the views from either a daytime or nighttime perspective year-round (weather permitting).
“It's a game-changer for Staten Island," said Borough President James Molinaro. “We've gone from having the world's biggest dump to having the world's biggest wheel.”
The project is anticipated to create over 2,000 jobs, and over 1,000 are expected to be permanent, noted Seth Pinsky, president of the city’s Economic Development Corp.
Construction on the wheel is expected to begin in 2014. Several photos have been published on Flickr by the Mayor's office.