World's tallest ferris wheel planned for New York
190m attraction to overlook new Staten Island hotel and retail complex
The world’s tallest ferris wheel is to be built in New York as part of a US $230 million project on Staten Island, HotelsMag.com reported.
The huge attraction will rise to 625ft (190m) tall, which is 84ft (25m) higher than the current record holder – the Singapore Flyer. It will also dwarf the planned High Roller wheel on the Las Vagas strip, which will be 550 ft (157 m).
As part of BFC Partners’ Harbor Commons development, there will also be a 120,000 sq ft (11,148 sq m) 200-room hotel and a 50,000 sq ft (32,516 sq m) retail complex featuring 100 designer outlet stores.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said: “The New York Wheel will be an attraction unlike any other in New York City — even unlike any other on the planet.
“It will offer unparalleled and breathtaking views, and is sure to become one of the premier attractions in New York City and the latest exciting addition to our newly revitalized waterfront,” he added.
Construction of the attraction will commence in early 2014, with a grand opening planned for late 2015, after which it is expected to be open 365 days a year.