Developers have begun gearing up to break ground on a giant Ferris wheel on Staten Island.
Beginning Friday, two performance artists from Brooklyn will spend 10 days straight running a hamster wheel nonstop – and using it as their house.
If the project is approved, construction is expected to begin in 2014, with a grand opening in 2016.
The 625-foot Ferris wheel would have a view of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline.
Despite critics who said it is too soon after Superstorm Sandy – and that construction in a flood zone is not a good idea – developers of what would be the world’s largest Ferris wheel on Staten Island are moving forward with their plans.
The Ferris wheel would be the centerpiece of a new complex which would also include a hotel, a 350,000 square foot retail space called Harbor Commons that would be adjacent to the Richmond County Bank Ballpark.
At the 166th Dutchess County Fair the emphasis will be on the best home-baked pie, the cows and baby pigs.
On June 3, 11-year-old Abiah Jones of Pleasantville was on the ride on Mariner’s Landing at Morey’s Piers when she fell more than 100 feet as the Ferris wheel was turning.
A Jersey shore boardwalk amusement park that closed after an 11-year-old girl on a class trip tumbled from a moving Ferris wheel to her death was to reopen Saturday while investigators tried to figure out what caused her fall.