The Delayed New York Wheel on Staten Island Will Never Become the "Tallest in the World"

The New York Wheel is a massive 630-foot tall ferris wheel being built in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island, next to the Ferry Building and the under-construction Empire Outlets. Originally, the construction schedule for the Wheel allowed an opening ahead of Dubai's planned 690-foot wheel, but indefinite delays will likely cause the wheel to open after Dubai's, meaning the New York Wheel will never hold the title for the World's largest. Learn more about the delays in this short video from the Staten Island Advance.

The big wheel coming to St. George will likely never reach its grand proclamation of tallest in the world. That's because the Ain Dubai -- a 689-foot-high wheel being built in India, which was initially going to be complete after the NY Wheel -- is halfway complete. And the NY Wheel's completion date is uncertain as the developer has fired its designer and builder, Mammoet-Starneth LLC, and drained $400 million of its $580 funding pot. But that wasn't supposed to be the case. In fact, the initial estimate for the NY Wheel's completion was April 2016 -- some two years before the Dubai Wheel was to out-size it.

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their dog. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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