City eyes world's biggest Ferris wheel for Staten Island
Published: Monday, June 25, 2012, 9:14 PM Updated: Monday, June 25, 2012, 9:48 PM
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- When asked what might lead tourists on the Staten Island Ferry to spend a little time here, the world’s largest Ferris wheel might not be the first thing that comes to mind.
But it just might do the trick.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation is in heavy negotiations with a company to build a giant observation wheel — bigger than famous tourist attraction the London Eye and the world’s largest wheel, the Singapore Flyer — on a parcel near the ferry terminal, the Advance has learned.
The wheel would top out at more than 600 feet, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. And it’s just part of possible plans for 14 acres of city-owned waterfront property that could also include high-end outlet shopping.
The EDC put out a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the two sites near the ferry last August, but wouldn’t comment today on the specifics of what is being considered for the locations.