In three years, there will be a reason to visit Staten Island if you’re ever in New York City. By 2015, Staten Island will be home to the biggest Ferris Wheel in the world:
The New York Wheel will be a short walk from the Staten Island Ferry, which links the city’s least populous borough with Manhattan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office said today in a news release. It will stand 625 feet (190 meters) high, exceeding by 84 feet the Singapore Flyer, according to city officials. It will also beat by 75 feet a planned wheel in Las Vegas.
BFC Partners, a Brooklyn-based developer, will construct Harbor Commons, a 350,000-square-foot retail complex featuring 100 designer outlets and a 120,000-square-foot hotel south of the ballpark, where an affiliate of the New York Yankees plays.
Interestingly, the designer and manufacturer of the New York Wheel includes members of the team that built the 443-foot London Eye observation wheel.
One thing I suspect, however: someone in Dubai will pour money to out-build this wheel before anyone gets to experience a ride on it.