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NYC lawmakers approve plan for giant Ferris wheel

October 31, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council has approved a plan for a Ferris wheel on Staten Island that's billed as one of the world's largest.

The project, voted on Wednesday, also includes an outlet mall.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg called it a "momentous day for Staten Island," saying it will create 2,000 jobs and draw millions of visitors each year.

The 625-foot Ferris wheel would have a view of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline.

The New York Wheel would be the world's tallest Ferris wheel if it were built today. But developers in Dubai are planning to build a 689-foot Ferris wheel called the Dubai Eye.

Construction of the New York Wheel is expected to begin in 2014, with a grand opening in 2016.



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