Wheel set to turn in New York

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NEW YORK City has given fi­nal ap­proval to a US$320mil (RM 1.032bil) project to build the world’s tallest Fer­ris wheel, ex­pected to pull in four mil­lion visi­tors a year.

De­vel­op­ers say the 192m (630ft) wheel will of­fer in­cred­i­ble views across the Man­hat­tan sky­line, the Statue of Lib­erty, Brook­lyn and New York Har­bour.

In­spired by the roar­ing suc­cess of the Lon­don Eye on the Thames and the cur­rent record­holder in Sin­ga­pore, work on the wheel is set to be­gin in the new year.

Ear­marked to open in 2016, it will be able to carry 1,440 peo­ple in 36 cap­sules on a 38minute breath­tak­ing jour­ney curv­ing up into the sky and down.

It will be built on the north­east­ern shore of Staten Is­land, the most ne­glected of New York’s five bor­oughs, as part of an over­all US$580mil (RM1.87bil) re­gen- er­a­tion project.

Be­sides the wheel, there will be a US$260mil (RM 838.37mil) re­tail, ho­tel and restau­rant com­plex ex­pected to cre­ate thou­sands of jobs and boost the is­land’s econ­omy.

New York Wheel LLC pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive Richard Marin hailed the fi­nal ap­proval from the city coun­cil as “a ma­jor mile­stone for Staten Is­land and New York City.”

He ex­pressed hopes that the New York Wheel will even­tu­ally ri­val the city’s other iconic land­marks such as the Statue of Lib­erty and the Em­pire State Build­ing.

The Lon­don Eye, which saw the Bri­tish cap­i­tal be­come the first ma­jor city to build a gi­ant Fer­ris wheel as a per­ma­nent tourist at­trac­tion, is 134.7m (442ft) tall and opened in 2000.

The Sin­ga­pore Flyer, at 165m (541ft), is cur­rently the world’s tallest.

- Photo from AFP

The Sin­ga­pore Flyer, at 165m, is cur­rently the world’s tallest.

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