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Staten Island Will Soon Lay Claim to the World's Largest Ferris Wheel

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Screen shot 2012-09-27 at 12.23.57 PM.pngLondon, Singapore and Staten Island may seem like strange bedfellows but pretty soon NYC's oft-underappreciated borough will be home to a massive ferris wheel along the likes of the London Eye or the Singapore Flyer -- in fact, it'll be bigger than both! The same team behind the London Eye, Starneth, will be responsible for the construction of the 625-foot tall ride -- soon to be known as The New York Wheel -- that will contain 36 capsules carrying up to forty people each (or 1,440 people per cycle). We also hear the wheel will anchor a huge space in St. George that includes a 350,000 square-foot outlet mall and hotel and will cost $230 million clams (uh, who's paying for that?). Construction is set to begin in 2014 with the goal of sending the first riders up into the Staten Island clouds by 2015. Pretty cool.

Check out more photo renderings below.

Screen shot 2012-09-27 at 12.24.07 PM.pngScreen shot 2012-09-27 at 12.24.34 PM.png[via Curbed/Renderings via NYC Mayor's Office]




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