New York Wheel

NEW YORK (AP) It was a soaring idea, intended to put the city's least-populous, least-visited borough on the tourism map. But six years after it was announced, a plan to build one of the world's largest Ferris wheels on Staten Island is still stuck on the ground.

There's been a snag in the building of the giant Ferris wheel on Staten Island's waterfront. The Staten Island Advance says the project is now "indefinitely delayed" after its developer fired the design-build team working on the 60-story New York Wheel.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- While the city Buildings Department has reported a minor issue with the legs of the NY Wheel, a source says the problem can potentially hinder the project. Construction of the future 630-foot high observation wheel in St. George has hit what appears to be a potential snag because some of the "welds are bad" on the NY Wheel legs that were crafted in Italy, according to a construction source with knowledge of the project.

On Oct. 3, Mammoet concluded the transportation of the four legs of the New York Wheel. The legs were fabricated in Italy by manufacturer Walter Tosto and arrived safely at South Brooklyn Marine Terminal. The New York Wheel, an initiative of the New York Wheel Company, is being constructed near the northern tip of Staten Island, about 115 ft.

A new landmark attraction continues to rise on the New York Harbor in St. George, about a three-minute walk from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The New York Wheel will be either the tallest or second tallest observation wheel in the world when it opens (depending on when the wheel in Dubai opens).