NYC mayor announces plans for world's tallest Ferris wheel on Staten Island

Posted Friday, September 28, 2012 11:06 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

New York may not have the world’s tallest skyscraper, but it wants the world’s biggest Ferris Wheel. The Bloomberg administration announced Thursday morning it had struck a deal with an investor group named New York Wheel, LLC to build a 625-foot observation wheel on Staten Island that would hoist tourists and visitors to offer views of a distant Manhattan vista.

Read more from The Wall Street Journal.

Friday, September 28, 2012 12:05 PM

They announced the deal...wake me up when it's actually built and running. That's a looong way off, if it ever does become reality. The park in Bayonne that now occupies the site of my first roller coaster would offer spectacular views of the wheel, being directly across the Kill from it. Wonder if they'll allow single riders? :)

*EDIT*..looking more closely, I see it would be on the EAST end of the island...I might still be able to see it from the park in Bayonne, but it wouldn't be directly across the waterway.

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Friday, September 28, 2012 12:51 PM
Friday, September 28, 2012 1:59 PM

By 'The Kill', do you mean Fresh Kills? Just curious.

Friday, September 28, 2012 2:23 PM

No, Fresh Kills is a landfill in another area of Staten Island. The "Kill" I referred to is the Kill Van Kull, a waterway that connects Newark Bay with New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. It also serves to separate Bayonne (NJ) from Staten Island (NY.) Years ago, Bayonne residents could take the Ferry over to SI.

Incidentally, and this may be an urban legend, the strait was supposedly named for a German explorer of the region who liked to shoot birds for sport. He would shout, "I kill van kull (I kill one gull!") True? Who knows, but it's probably more entertaining than the truth.

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Friday, September 28, 2012 3:22 PM
Friday, September 28, 2012 2:26 PM

Shows you the extent of my geographical knowledge of NYC...

Friday, September 28, 2012 3:09 PM

I've always said that Geography for me is a "nightmare" category on Jeopardy! That is, if I ever got on the show (and I AM in the pool) there's a "nightmare" board awaiting me: Geography, Mathematics, Ancient Civilizations, Modern Television, Artists and British Royalty. Suffice to say there's some others, too.

Local geography, I'm okay with.

Friday, September 28, 2012 3:14 PM

Is that'n Island? (in british accent :-)..) I heard that was how it got it's name. Anyhow, I've said it before, and I'll say it again. No one goes to Staten Island. . . it's even more unpopular than the Bronx.

Friday, September 28, 2012 3:42 PM

Mike Gallagher said:

I've always said that Geography for me is a "nightmare" category on Jeopardy! That is, if I ever got on the show (and I AM in the pool) there's a "nightmare" board awaiting me: Geography, Mathematics, Ancient Civilizations, Modern Television, Artists and British Royalty.

Mine are recent TV, movies in general, royals, and poetry. My 18-month window expired over a year ago, about time to get back into the "contestant pool." I know of at least 5 or 6 people who have made it that far....yet the only one I personally know who's actually made it onto any game show was on....TPIR.

I'm starting to think I'd rather make Wheel....better money, and the competition is...well, less competitive... ;)

Friday, September 28, 2012 4:23 PM

I've auditioned for Wheel multiple times, and came extremely close the last time. I was very angry at not being selected for a reason I won't get into. This is the first time I've made it to the Jeopardy pool after taking the test several times. I also made it to the interview phase of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? I saw a high school classmate of mine on Jeopardy several years ago. And family was invited to appear on Family Feud when I was young. I found that out years later. I was the one who had sent a letter to the show expressing interest. But my dad was sick at the time, so we couldn't go. It's a secret that was kept from me for years. And no, that's not a joke.

Friday, September 28, 2012 8:02 PM

Ferris wheels are ruining the skylines of many cities. I hope this fails.

Friday, September 28, 2012 10:32 PM

And if by 'ruining' you mean 'dramatically improve and enliven', then you and I are in perfect agreement.

Friday, September 28, 2012 11:23 PM

I don't know that I'd say "dramatically improve and enliven," necessarily. "Complement and modernize" are probably the words I'd consider synonymous with "ruin" in this instance.

Last edited by Vater, Friday, September 28, 2012 11:25 PM
Friday, September 28, 2012 11:56 PM

I see one major draw back. Who wants to pay money for the privilege of seeing all the way to Jersey??

(Sorry, Mike)

Saturday, September 29, 2012 2:57 AM

This might be interesting for some of you: The World's 10 Tallest Fixed Ferris Wheels:

Are some ferris wheels free-rolling?

Saturday, September 29, 2012 8:05 AM

Is free-rolling how one would describe the Wonder Wheel?

Saturday, September 29, 2012 12:03 PM

I believe that the term "fixed" means a non portable ride..........

Saturday, September 29, 2012 3:27 PM

Jeph said:

Are some ferris wheels free-rolling?

At least one...

Saturday, September 29, 2012 3:56 PM

Lol! That was exactly the imagery I had in my head of a non-fixed ferris wheel, as in: an Intamin model on a bad day.

I was thinking Dutchman's direction at first, but then again, how many 400+ ft portable models are there such that they'd even need to mention "fixed."

Maybe I'm just thinking far too much and being too technical about a ferris wheel story posted on

Last edited by Jeph, Saturday, September 29, 2012 4:01 PM
Saturday, September 29, 2012 7:35 PM

I believe that the tallest portable at this time is a 66 meter Bussnik.

Sunday, September 30, 2012 1:02 AM

God, I love the amazingly knowledgeable people on this site. :)


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