New York will get a new attraction alongside the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building: The world’s largest Ferris wheel. This giant Ferris wheel will be located on the northeastern side of Staten Island. Construction is expected to begin in April 2014 with the goal of opening by the end of 2015.
Thirty-six capsules, each carrying up to 40 passengers, will rotate 10 inches per second. The Wheel will accommodate up to 1,440 people per ride, welcoming as many as 30,000 visitors per day and an anticipated 4.5 million visitors per year.
The Wheel will offer incomparable views of Lower and Midtown Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and New York Harbor, all the way up beyond the George Washington Bridge, for the duration of the 38-minute ride.
The New York Wheel will be open 7 days a week, 365 days per year (except on severe weather days and required maintenance days) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the fall, winter and spring, and staying open as late as 2 a.m. or even all night in the summer and on special occasions.