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The New York Wheel

Constructing the New York Wheel, the world’s tallest observation deck in the western hemisphere

New Wheel to activate the riverfront at Staten Island

Gilbane is providing construction management at-risk services for a new mixed-use destination district on Staten Island’s north shore featuring the New York Wheel. The New York Wheel will be the tallest observation wheel in the western hemisphere standing at 630 feet tall and will be easily accessible from the Staten Island Ferry, with generous car and bus parking on-site. The New York wheel promises to become one of New York City’s greatest landmark attractions and will activate Staten Island’s riverfront.

The new landmark will attract visitors and residents alike, providing a universally accessible, high-quality public space aimed at transforming the waterfront. Expected to attract more than three million visitors annually once it officially opens, the New York Wheel will offer spectacular views of New York Harbor including lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, Coney Island, and the Brooklyn and Verrazano Bridges – and a new vantage point of all of the city’s treasured icons. The site will include a 68,000-SF terminal building that will house educational and digitized exhibitions on New York City history and alternative energy. There will also be a 950-space parking garage and above-grade bus drive encapsulated with outdoor activity space including rooftop dining and entertainment area. The project has extensive sustainability programs targeting LEED Gold certification.

“Staten Island is on the precipice of major economic changes, thanks to North Shore development projects like the Wheel,” said Staten Island Borough President James Oddo. “It is genuinely exciting to see this project taking shape. With the Wheel’s final concrete pour completed, we are one step closer to transforming the North Shore. The New York Wheel is going to play a major role in the revitalization of our waterfront, and I am thrilled to see this next step in construction come to completion.”

The New York Wheel will also include a new parking garage with a five-acre green roof- one of the largest in North America- which can accommodate large scale events including concerts, food festivals and corporate gatherings. To watch Gilbane perform live construction on the Wheel, tune into the live camera running 24/7 at http://www.earthcam.net/projects/newyorkwheel/.