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New York To Get World's Tallest Ferris Wheel
The world's tallest Ferris wheel is to be created in New York - twice the height of the Statue of Liberty.
Unveiled by the city's mayor, Michael Bloomberg, the attraction is planned for Staten Island. It will cost £142m ($230m) and measure 625ft (190m).
Offering views of the downtown Manhattan skyline, the New York Wheel will be significantly bigger than the 443ft (135m) London Eye and the 541ft (165m) Signapore Flyer.
It is designed to carry 1,440 passengers at a time and is expected to attract 4.5 million people a year to what has been described as New York's "forgotten borough".
Mr Bloomberg said: "It will be an attraction unlike any other in New York City. In fact, it will be, we think, unlike any other on the planet."
While the privately-financed project faces various reviews, officials hope to have the wheel turning by the end of 2015.
Senator Charles Schumer said: "It's going to be a real icon. The Ferris wheel will be Staten Island's Eiffel Tower."
The overall project will also feature the creation of a huge shopping centre and a 200-room hotel and is expected to bring in £308m ($500m) of private investment and 1,100 permanent jobs to the borough.
what do you think?
What a waste of 142 million pound ! I am sure there are better ways to spend this money !
You could argue that £308M of investment and 1100 permanent jobs are a good return for that outlay (assuming that they reach that target).
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Mr Bloomberg said: "It will be an attraction unlike any other in New York City"....errr kind of stating the obvious wouldn't you say? "In fact, it will be, we think, unlike any other on the planet"....errr with the exception of London and Singapore you mean? or is Bloomberg just like the majority of Americans and completely unaware that there is a whole other world outside the USA?