Staten Island is one step closer to becoming the home of a new LEED Platinum ferris wheel! The NYC City Council has given plans for the Perkins Eastman-designed New York Wheel the green light for the island's north shore. First proposed a year ago, the massive tourist attraction will also feature the New York Wheel Terminal, a 100,000-square -foot retail, entertainment and dining complex created to invigorate the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island.
Similar to a carnival ferris wheel, but much, much larger, the New York Wheel will be a soaring observation opportunity with sky-high views of the nearby Manhattan skyline. Rather than cars, visitors will sit comfortably in glass capsules, allowing for unobstructed vantage-points. Perkins Eastman, who will also designed the Wheel Terminal, will partner with the engineers of the similar London Eye for construction of the wheel.
The New York Wheel is part of the redevelopment of St. George’s underused shoreline space, which will create a dynamic mixed-used district that will be a hub of entertainment, attracting visitors from all boroughs. In addition to the planned restaurants, shops and entertainment venues, there will also be extensive green spaces designed by landscape architecture firm M. Paul Friedberg and Partners. The terminal building itself will have a landscaped roof deck that will put visitors flush with the water’s edge, and give a promenade for strolling, picnicking and meeting.
The New York Terminal Wheel will also be dedicated to sustainability, and feature rotating exhibitions on alternative energy, green and resilient design, and the great history of New York City.