Many occasional or first time riders of the Staten Island Ferry are often baffled once reaching the St. George’s terminal in Staten Island to find that there is little to do near the terminal (unless they are going to the minor league baseball stadium nearby). Staten Island has many interesting attractions but it is difficult to compete against those in Manhattan and capture the ferry’s recreational riders. So, most get back on the ferry and return to Manhattan. That is about to change – in a very big way.
Now under construction, Staten Island is about to get the world’s largest Observation Wheel, almost directly adjacent to the terminal.
At about 60 stories high with dramatic views of the New York harbor, and easily visible from it, it is bound to prove irresistible to tourists who can take a short, free and interesting ride on the famous Staten Island Ferry to get there. Photo ops will be amazing and we can expect to see the Manhattan skyline and the harbor in ways that we haven’t before.
The capacity will be up to 1,140 people per ride. Once they finish that awesome experience and come back to earth they will find more recreational opportunity in the form of shopping in the complex’s shopping mall. A parking garage will also be built.
It is also an opportunity to enlighten riders about the other attractions that Staten Island has to offer, giving them the chance to journey further inland to discover the city’s 5th borough. A win-win for all.
Merritt & Harris is proud to be a part of this groundbreaking project.