Staten Island could get wheeling and dealing

December 25, 2013 by  

Folks living in Todt Hill may not be the highest on Staten Island for very much longer, after New York City Council approved plans to create one of the biggest Ferris wheels in the world.

The plans approved are for the installation of an observation wheel rising 625 foot into the air. Already being described as one of the tallest wheels in the world, it will form a major part of the redevelopment of the North Shore of State Island.

The plans, which are said to be costing up to $580m, will include a new hotel and an outlet mall.

Talking about the plans, the Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, said:

“The New York Wheel and Empire Outlets will become one of the city’s most popular destinations, drawing millions of visitors every year — not just from the five boroughs and the region, but also nationwide and around the globe.”

He went on to say that approval of the plans was a momentous day for Staten Island.

When built, it will provide stunning views across New York Harbor and Liberty Island. The city skyline will also be visible.

No matter how much poster printing, banner printing and any other kind of advertising takes place, it is likely to be a hugely popular attraction. It will also be great for the local economy in other ways, with up to 2,000 jobs being created.

Expected to open in 2016, if built now, the wheel would be the world’s tallest. However, coming online first will be the Dubai Eye, rising nearly 690 feet into the desert sky.