New York To Receive World’s Largest Ferris Wheel If All Goes As Planned

James Johnson - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 8:57 p.m. ET

Staten Island, NY – If all goes as planned, the third largest borough in New York could soon be host to the world’s largest ferris wheel.

The Staten Island Advance is reporting that the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has been in talks with a firm that would build a 600-foot tall ferris wheel near the boroughs ferry terminal. If that height is achieved, the ferris wheel would surpass the 541-foot world record set by Singapore’s Flyer ferris wheel.

While we may not think of giant wheels as tourist traps, it turns out that the Flyer in Singapore and the London Eye have both been hugely successful at attracting enthusiasts willing to stop by and give the ferris wheels a try.

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Officials are currently looking at two parking sites as possible locations for the giant ferris wheel. In one case, a parking lot would be removed and replaced at another location, while a second site would involve building the wheel over top of an existing parking lot.

The City Council in State Island has not yet approved the final plans for the world’s largest ferris wheel, and no start time for its construction or finalized costs have been revealed.

The ferris wheel pictured above is the Singapore Flyer; now imagine something 49 feet taller and then determine if you would be willing to ride on the giant wheel.

Would a giant ferris wheel be enough to keep you in State Island for a little while longer or get you to travel into the area in the first place?


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