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Preparatory work has begun on the New York Wheel, the 630-foot tall ferris wheel attraction planned for the North Shore of Staten Island. The official groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for early in the new year. [The Staten Island Advance]

Image via NYC EDC

 

The Staten Island Advance: Rich Marin, president and CEO of New York Wheel LLC, said work is underway. “Our site is changing now,” he said.

The New York Wheel, a planned 630-foot observation wheel to be built with 36 capsules, holding 40 passengers each and moving for 38 minutes, is expected to open in early 2017.

Image via NYC EDC

 

Located northwest of the Staten Island Yankees stadium on the St. George waterfront, the eight-acre parcel is currently undergoing prep work to create temporary parking while construction is ongoing.

Read more from The Staten Island Advance here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

 

Philanthropic billionaire and his wife have pledged to fund a new park/performance space on a pier to be constructed on the Hudson River, off W. 13th Street, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Pier55/Heatherwick Studio via The Wall Street Journal

 

Plans include demolishing the famed but unused Pier 54, former Cunard White Star Line pier where survivors of RMS Titanic were brought, for the new public space that will include wandering paths, a 700-seat waterfront amphitheater and a plaza that can be used for performances.

RMS Carpathia docked at Pier 54 in New York City in 1912 following the rescue of the survivors of the Titanic. Photo via wikipedia

 

The Wall Street Journal: On Monday, billionaire businessman Barry Diller ; his wife, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg; and the Hudson River Park Trust are expected to announce the creation of a $130 million, 2.7-acre pier, public park and performance space near New York’s Meatpacking District.

The archway is the only remaining identifiable piece of the pier. Photo via wikipedia

 

Construction of the park, financed primarily through the couple’s private foundation, will begin in 2016 and include the demolition of the old Pier 54, which has been unused for years. The new pier will be called Pier55, and Mr. Diller has created an independent foundation that will build, operate and provide cultural programming for it in cooperation with the Hudson River Park Trust.

Read more from the The Wall Street Journal here.

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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