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Times Square Ferris wheel comes down after attracting thousands of people a day

Times Square is about to get a lot extra crowded because the Great White Way formally reopens on Tuesday — however there received’t be a Ferris wheel there to greet them.

The carnival attraction that stood on Broadway between West forty seventh St. and West forty eighth Streets will likely be fully taken down by Wednesday after 18 days of operation.

It was meant to draw vacationers to the Big Apple’s prime attraction at a gradual time for the town — and it seems to be to have finished that.



On common, about 3,200 people a day took a spin on the Ferris wheel from Aug. 25 to Sept. 12, based on its operator, Vito Bruno who runs a Brooklyn-based leisure manufacturing company. Bruno paid for the set up of the wheel; he didn’t disclose monetary phrases with the town.

The journey ran at close to absolutely capability — it was allowed to hold 300 people per hour — based on Bruno.

The final journey was at midnight on Sunday after some 18 days in use — with the exception of a couple of days through which it was compelled to shut on account of Hurricane Ida and the next flooding within the metropolis.

A quantity of public officers, together with Mayor Bill de Blasio took a spin on the wheel.
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“It was a huge success,” Times Square Alliance president, Tom Harris mentioned. “It bridged the gap for us between the end of summer and the start of Broadway.”

Not everybody agreed that it was whole lot at $20 a pop for a 10-minute journey — or that it even gave a respectable view of the town given it was sandwiched between skyscrapers.

“People don’t come to Times Square to ride a Ferris wheel. That’s what church bazaars and seaside boardwalks are for,” wrote TravelPulse. The Post’s Johnny Oleksinski described it as a “lousy rip-off” that compares poorly with different big-city sights like London Eye that gives 360 diploma views of the town.

Located simply west of Duffy Square on Broadway between West forty seventh St. and West forty eighth Streets, the wheel nonetheless helped to drive a 13 % improve in foot site visitors in Times Square over the weekends to a median of 243,918 per day in comparison with 216,144 in the course of the earlier three weekends in 2021, based on the alliance’s figures.

People waiting in line to ride the Ferris wheel while mayor Bill de Blasio stands nearby.
An common of 3,200 people a day rode on the Ferris wheel.
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Times Square isn’t any stranger to quirky sights. 

In 2019 alone, a 60 foot mega yacht by luxurious producer, Azimut-Benetti, was on show for 5 days in June whereas a classic 220 foot-long TWA airplane was additionally on show to advertise the brand new TWA Hotel at JFK International airport.

In October, an 18-foot fountain produced from acrylic fingernails by the artist Pamela Council is coming to Duffy Square, based on a press launch.

The Ferris wheel turning with people on board.
The large Ferris wheel is being dismantled and will likely be passed by Wednesday.
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It’s too early to say whether or not the Ferris wheel will return once more, but when it does, Bruno says he’d use one which’s enclosed and might accommodate smaller kids.

The minimal top for the wheel was 42 inches — as per insurance coverage necessities — which brought about fairly a bit of consternation for households with babies who weren’t allowed into the open gondolas.

One household with three women between the ages of 5 and 9 was knowledgeable they couldn’t embrace their youngest, Bruno recalled.

“The littlest one didn’t make it by an inch and the next one looks at me with a straight face and says ‘Listen If I give you $10 bucks on the side, would you let her in?’” Bruno informed The Post

Another little woman who was additionally too small for the journey, informed him, “I don’t like you, you have no hair.”

Bruno, who runs AMPM Entertainment Concepts, says if there’s a subsequent time, he’d usher in a Ferris wheel that’s “air conditioned and plays music.”


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