I'm a native New Yorker, but I've only been to Staten Island 4 times in the 40-plus years I've lived in this city.
Frankly, that's 3 times too many.
I guess Mayor Bloomberg thinks seeing that will be better from up high. WAAAY up high. It was announced today that the tallest Ferris Wheel in the world is about to be constructed on Staten Island, for completion in 2015. I can only hope that from the top you get a good view of the more interesting parts of the area. I very much doubt that the mall, restaurants and hotel planned to sprawl at the base of the Ferris Wheel will be much of a draw.
To read about the dimensions of this new planned monster, click here.
I guess the project gives the folks who take the Staten Island Ferry as a free boat ride somewhere to go, briefly, when they get off.