New York City's plan for world's largest Ferris wheel rolls on
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is pressing on with plans for the world's largest Ferris wheel on its shoreline, despite the challenges from the deadly Superstorm Sandy two months ago.
Flooding led to some changes to the nearly US$500 million (S$611 million) project on Staten Island, which includes a mall and hotel, but developers haven't slowed it or scaled it back, even though parts of it are in a flood zone.
Some residents, a city watchdog and a planning group have asked whether it makes sense to push ahead with the attraction, which will reach 190m tall.
"It was in poor taste to be discussing a Ferris wheel and all this glamour - it was very hard to embrace this when you knew that your colleagues and their family members were devastated, and there were people who don't have heat or electricity or homes," said Ms Nancy Rooney, a nurse who lives and works on the island.