Wheel Update

071317wheelThe fate of Staten Island’s New York Wheel—once scheduled to rise this year as the world’s tallest Ferris wheel—is now in jeopardy, after an ongoing legal battle ended this week with the developer firing the project’s design-build team.

According to court documents filed on Wednesday and obtained by the Staten Island Advance, the developer behind the 630-feet-high, $590 million observation hub/wheel has accused design-build team Mammoet-Starneth LLC of failing “to meet multiple design and construction deadlines.” Those delays have cost the developer of NY Wheel $16 million in damages and an additional $20 million in lost profits, the civil complaint alleges.

The project is now “indefinitely delayed,” according to the the Advance.

“Due to the inability of Mammoet-Starneth LLC (‘Mammoet’), the design-build team for the Wheel, to meet multiple design and construction deadlines, the developer has come to the conclusion that the best path forward for this project is to seek other means to take on the remaining aspects of that ‘turnkey’ arrangement,” Cristyne Nicholas, NY Wheel spokeswoman, said in a statement.

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Stapleton, Staten Island: Revitalizing Old Homes and Tired Blocks

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Danielle Caputo, 37, grew up in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, not far from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, but had never spent much time on the other side of it, in Staten Island.

Then, in 2015, on the way to visit the Staten Island Zoo, she was impressed by the island’s North Shore, including the walkable, architecturally interesting neighborhood of Stapleton, with its spacious houses; at the time she and her family were renting a two-bedroom apartment in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.

“I always thought Staten Island was so suburban,” said Ms. Caputo, a hair stylist. “I didn’t think it could be so old and historic.”

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And so it begins …

The New York Wheel’s 100-ton pedestals arrive on Staten Island

ny_wheel_peds_being_removed_from_barge_0402-0via Curbed.com – The New York Wheel, which will soon lure hoards of tourists to Staten Island (maybe?), crossed yet another milestone last week, with two of its four pedestals arriving at the riverside construction site.

Once the other two pedestals land later this week, the wheel will officially have its “first full structure” at the site of what’s to become the world’s tallest observation wheel. The pedestals are arriving by barge, having traveled down the Hudson from Montreal to the $3 million temporary construction dock in Staten Island, built specifically to greet them. The wheel’s 500-ton legs are still being processed at South Brooklyn Marine Terminal.

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