Although Las Vegas has nearly completed their biggest ferris wheel in the world, it won't be too long and they will have to give up that title. New York's very own Staten Island will have a new ferris wheel being built beginning in 2014 with a target opening date of May 2016.
The New York wheel will be just as touristy as the Statue of Liberty, and at 630 feet high (around 60 stories-a little over half of the 102 stories of the Empire State Building) will be hard to miss. The main entry will face the waterfront and entry plaza will be directly across from the Postcard 9/11 Memorial and Plaza.
The wheel is expected to accommodate up to 1440 riders at a time and an additional three million visitors or more per year. It's easily accessible with the free Staten Island ferry and plenty of parking around the area.
It will be open seven days a week all year round, only shutting down in severe weather or maintenance issues. There will be ample time to ride as it will open at 10 a.m and close between 10 p.m and 12 a.m. During certain special occasions, it may stay open til as late as 2 a.m. What a breathtaking view the top of the wheel at night will be!
So for now, Las Vegas will have the spotlight for the biggest ferris wheel. But with the ability to see Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty from sixty stories up, the New York wheel gives the many people not afraid of heights something magnificent to look forward to.