Staten Island is about to be a circus. The New York Wheel, which will be the world’s tallest Ferris wheel at 630 feet, is on the way: After construction began in May 2015, the legs arrived in Brooklyn for prep last month, and just this week, the massive pedestal base arrived at the Staten Island location. The 100-ton base was put into place by cranes, and it will be followed by the wheel itself, outfitted with 36 pods that can hold 40 people each.
Just in case you missed a sneak peek at the construction during Open House New York, here’s what you need to know: The wheel is scheduled for completion in early 2018, and it’ll be open from 10am to midnight, seven days a week. Rides are 38 minutes long and cost $35 per person, and the total cost of the project will be $500 million. And it'll provide a much-needed replacement now that the Toys R Us Ferris wheel is closed.