Giant Staten Island Ferris Wheel OK’ed by Planning Commission

September 11, 2013 | Andy Cush

Staten Island may soon be home to the world’s largest ferris wheel, thanks to the City Planning Commission, which announced its approval of the plan to build the wheel today. City Council has to give the OK next; if it does, the wheel will stand 625 feet tall near the northeast corner of the island, and, if visualizations like the one above are to be believed, pretty spectacular views of south Brooklyn and lower Manhattan. Construction will begin next year, with an opening set for 2016.

No word on how Brooklyn beep Marty Markowitz, who wanted the wheel built in Coney Island, feels about the news.