New York City has always been the top destination for tourists both near and far, but the upcoming tourist opportunities have just expanded as the city welcomes the New York Wheel. More than 60 million tourists came to the Big Apple in 2016.
In June of 2018, the tallest observation wheel in the world will open on St. George, Staten Island. Visitors can look forward to an unique experience for the whole family, from a 10,000 square-foot playground to an outdoor beer garden, there are options for the both the kids and adults.The wheel itself will feature a 30-minute ride and will include 36 capsules with over 7 million dollars worth of LED lighting, the wheel will surely illuminate the skyline, paving way for an epic view.Each pod holds up to 40 people and allows its guests to see beautiful views of the New York Harbor, Statue of Liberty, Verrazano bridge and the New York City Skyline. With an expected visitation rate of 30,000 visitors per day, the attraction will also feature a five-acre green roof, which will host concerts, festivals, and other outdoor events.
The attraction will be open to the public and accessible seven days a week from 10 a.m. until midnight. But, if you really want to be stunned, stay until sunset, and see the reflection of the 630-foot-tall wheel emerge on the New York Harbor. If you decide the come by boat, the project plans to partner with private ferry services to bring guests from different locations along the harbor.
The wheel will also an attraction for the local Staten Island community, as it will draw tourists to visit area shops, eateries, and cultural institutions. All the foot traffic near the wheel will encourage people to visit the surrounding area, benefiting St. George economically.
With $1.2 billion invested in the project, local contractors and building trades will be utilized and hundreds of construction jobs will be created. It seems to me that the New York Wheel is a win win for both the city and its tourists.
As 2018 creeps around the corner, I’d start planning your trip now, I wouldn’t want to miss out on seeing one of the most spectacular views in the world.