Staten Island will soon boast a 625-foot attraction.
The borough will host the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, which will reach the height of about 60 stories, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today.
The wheel, which is scheduled to open by 2015 and tops out at more than 600 feet, will beat the height of the Singapore Flyer, which is 541 feet and now holds the tallest title.
The Staten Island Ferris wheel's 38-minute ride will lift 4.5 million riders a year in the space by Richmond County Bank Ballpark in St. George. The wheel will be open 365 days a year.
Next door to the wheel will be a new shopping complex, dubbed Harbor Commons, with 100 designer shops and a hotel, which Bloomberg promises will provide 1,200 construction jobs and 1,100 permanent jobs.
“The New York Wheel will be an attraction unlike any other in New York City, even unlike any other on the planet,” Bloomberg said.