Staten Island, the other outer borough, is trying to stake its claim for fame in 21st century New York City. Forget Manhattan. Forget Brooklyn. Pssh, Queens. Even London, Singapore, and Las Vegas can take a walk. Staten Island is going to be the next king of the Ferris wheels.
Or, at least, it will in 2015 when the construction of the soon-to-be world's tallest Ferris wheel finishes in Staten Island. For some excellent math telling you just how big the new addition to the New York City skyline will be, the New York Times' City Room has you covered:
And what about the High Roller wheel planned for Las Vegas? The New York wheel will reach 75 feet farther into the sky. It will dwarf the 13-year-old London Eye by 182 feet and the original Ferris wheel, built for the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, by 361 feet.
London needs to be knocked down a peg after the Olympics, anyway. Despite the London Eye probably being the most famous Ferris wheel in the world, it is not the tallest. The soon-to-be-second-place wheel is actually in Singapore. The Singapore Flyer (pictured above) is one parts Ferris wheel and two parts luxury hotel. "The New York Wheel," as they're calling it, is part of an effort to rejuvenate the Staten Island waterfront that includes a (separate) hotel and mall.
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