As the city grapples with rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, developers are pressing ahead with plans for an ambitious addition to the shoreline of storm-torn Staten Island: the world’s largest Ferris wheel.
Sandy’s flooding spurred some changes to the nearly $500 million project, which includes an outlet mall and hotel. But developers haven’t slowed it or scaled it back. Supporters say Staten Island needs the boost now more than ever.
Yet some residents, a city watchdog and a planning group have asked whether it makes sense to push ahead with a 625-foot-tall tourist attraction, set partly in a flood zone, before officials take a comprehensive look at how to build smarter after Sandy. And some say it’s unseemly to talk about amusement rides when Sandy has left a trail of loss.
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