Council Approves Giant Ferris Wheel in SI


The City Council on Wednesday approved a plan for a Ferris wheel on Staten Island that’s billed as one of the world’s largest, to bring tourists to the city’s “forgotten borough.”

The 625-foot Ferris wheel would have a view of the Statue of Liberty. Mayor Michael Bloomberg called it a “momentous day for Staten Island,” saying it will create 2,000 jobs and draw millions of visitors each year.

The New York Wheel would be the world’s tallest Ferris wheel today. But developers in Dubai are planning to build a 689-foot Ferris wheel called the Dubai Eye.

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