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New York Wheel, Brooklyn Brewery among Staten Island projects to get state funding


Five Staten Island projects, including the New York Wheel and a new Brooklyn Brewery facility, are getting a total of $8.8 million from the state's Regional Economic Development Council funds.

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Staten Island: Forgotten Destination Transforming into Must-See Spot


Staten Island has long been referred to as the "Forgotten Borough" of New York City and some people only know it for the ferry that shuttles people from the southern tip of Manhattan to North Shore of Staten Island, past Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and Governor's Island.

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A 'subway' for Staten Island to call its own


New York Wheel CEO Rich Marin unveiled the plans for what's being called a "4-D ride" to a contingent of tour operators on Wednesday afternoon last week at the site where the massive, 630-foot Ferris wheel will be built on the North Shore waterfront.

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Staten Island waterfront with Ferris wheel will include 4-D subway ride


Finally, a subway without rats and panhandlers - where everyone gets a seat. The developers behind The Wheel - the giant Ferris wheel planned for the Staten Island waterfront - are going to provide a secondary attraction: a simulated subway ride.

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Pushing Staten Island's North Shore as a tourist destination


A red double-decker sightseeing bus barreled through Tompkinsville, Stapleton and Rosebank to the sounds of Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" as a tour guide cracked jokes.

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NYC Tourists Told Not To Forget the Forgotten Borough


Forget the Empire State Building, Central Park and the Museum of Natural History. There's a hidden gem being overlooked on the city's tourism scene.

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Giant Ferris wheel planned for Staten Island to boost tourism


A thrill ride themed on the New York City subway is planned for the Staten Island waterfront near where a giant Ferris wheel will be built. New York Wheel CEO Rich Marin revealed the plans for the 4-D ride Wednesday at the site for the 625-foot (190-meter) wheel, which is expected to open in 2017 near the ferry terminal.

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New York Wheel to Feature 4 Bar Cars and Restaurant That Seats 20


The 625-foot high New York Wheel, set to be the largest in the world when it opens in the first quarter of 2017, will feature four mobile bar cars where riders can take a drink as they take in the view - as well as a 20-seat restaurant, organizers said.

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New Staten Island 4-D Thrill Ride Will Simulate... A Subway Ride


Along with the 625-foot waterfront Ferris wheel planned for Staten Island, New York Wheel CEO Rich Marin announced a much shorter amusement that he's got in the works. An exciting simulated... subway ride. What kind of sick, no-escapism thrill ride is this, Rich?

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Reinventing New York Harbor - Rich Marin - TEDxStGeorge


This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Harbors are like Batman, they need a Robin to compliment them. New York Harbor, the Gotham of global harbors, has St. George, but over the years this harbor has lost its southern end in the mist. Through the passion of the community and a panoply of developers and ferry companies, a world-class, iconic destination has been formulated for the southern end of the harbor, finally creating an amazing venue that will be a global showcase of technology, entertainment and design, anchored by the largest observation wheel in the world.

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Site work to begin on NY Wheel project next month; first spin slated for early 2017


After obtaining approvals from the city Buildings Department (DOB) this week for site preparation, the first spin on the NY Wheel is now scheduled for early 2017.

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New York Wheel. Son Doong cave. 15 places you'll be talking about in the future


We've seen the future of flight, and it's awesome. But where will those see-through cabins and self-repairing wings be taking you? Prepare for takeoff into the holidays of the future ... and unlike those futuristic aeroplanes, these attractions are coming sooner than you think.

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This Is Where You'll Go On Vacation In 20 Years


The New York Wheel will stand at 60 stories high on the northeastern shore of Staten Island, whisking visitors on a 38-minute ride in glass orbs with a view of the Manhattan skyline.

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New York Wheel gets financial backing from Chinese investors through federal green card program


The New York Wheel project slated for Staten Island's North Shore will get some big bucks from foreign investors in China after receiving approval Monday for a federal green-card job program.

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New York's next big attractions


From the world's biggest Ferris wheel to an urban beach, there are many plans to enhance New York. Here are some of the attractions you could be visiting in the near future.

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Rich Marin, the man behind the New York Wheel, on living in its shadow


A big, gregarious man, Rich Marin casts quite a shadow. But it's nothing compared to the shadow his giant 630-foot New York Wheel will cast when it's complete sometime in 2016.

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New York Wheel and Empire Outlets to Attract Millions to Staten Island


Staten Island's St. George waterfront, with its spectacular views of Manhattan, New York Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean, is set to be transformed into one of New York City's top tourism destinations with the start of construction on the New York Wheel and Empire Outlets later this year.

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Ferry operators cruise to Staten Island


Developers of megaprojects like the New York Wheel predict that some 6 million annual visitors will begin flocking to sleepy Staten Island in two years.

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Ferris Wheel Approval Energizes Staten Island's Development


The 625-foot-tall ferris wheel that was recently approved for the Staten Island waterfront is, according to at least one Islander, "'the biggest thing to happen to us' since the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge."

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World's Tallest Ferris Wheel Planned for Staten Island


Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said on Thursday that the world's tallest Ferris wheel would rise above the Staten Island waterfront. The 625-foot-tall ride will displace the Singapore Flyer, at 541 feet the record-holder of the moment.

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The Ups and Downs of Rich Marin, the Ex-Banker Building the World's Biggest Ferris Wheel


Rich Marin is big. For more than three decades, he dominated Wall Street, creating some of the industry's most exotic investments, making billions for his clients, and millions for himself.

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