Rides and Ferris wheel planned for Staten Island

NEW YORK – A thrill ride themed on the subway is planned for the Staten Island waterfront where a giant Ferris wheel will be built.

New York Wheel CEO Rich Marin described the 4-D ride to tour operators Wednesday at the site for the planned 625-foot wheel.

Marin said the thrill ride will “simulate a ride in a subway car” on an adventure through a fictional tunnel beneath the harbour. It will be called Time Train.

Marin also said a webcam will be installed on an old lighthouse just offshore. It’ll provide a 24-hour look as construction proceeds on the wheel near the ferry terminal.

The New York Wheel is scheduled to open in 2017, with groundbreaking planned for 2015. Other attractions will include a hotel and outlet mall anchored by Nordstrom Rack.