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Set to open in the year 2018, the New York Wheel broke ground early yesterday afternoon when the four pedestals that will be responsible for holding up the wheel started their installation.

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It’s about to be an even better time to live on Staten Island. If only one thing is good about this Island, it’s the food. We’re about to get a whole lot of restaurants and eateries over the course of the next few years. Many of these restaurants will be featured in either the soon-to-be renovated Staten Island Mall or the upcoming Empire Outlets.

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We’ve created an embed of Google’s timelapse map of Staten Island. It’s interesting to see events like the construction of Richmond County Ballpark and the renovation of Fresh Kills happen in the blink of an eye.

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Last week, The New York Wheel team welcomed the arrival of two (of four) of the wheel’s massive pedestals to Staten Island. Construction of the New York Wheel will reach a milestone with the arrival of two additional pedestals at the end of the week, marking the first full structural component featured on the construction site in St. George.

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If you’ve ever taken a drive or a stroll down Richmond Terrace on Staten Island, you may have gone by The Pavilion on the Terrace, which has been closed for quite some time. The building was first constructed as a residence in the year 1835 and then in 1965 started operating as a banquet hall until its eventual close in 2005. Since its closure, this historical treasure has been sitting and waiting for new life and that new life has come.

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In 2017, the NYC Wheel is finally set to open here on SI by the ferry terminal and baseball park. But that doesn’t mean the celebration and fun can’t start a little early.

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Between now and the middle of 2017, Staten Islanders will see steady progress on the New York Wheel project in St. George. As time goes on, the development site will slowly start to look like the mammoth observation wheel we’ve seen in renderings.

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It’s coming, and it’s going to change New York City forever. When Tourists make their way to Staten Island on their trip past Lady Liberty, they’ll no longer make a u-turn in the St. George ferry terminal and head back to Manhattan

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It’s not just the north shore of Staten Island that’s seeing construction these days. The video above shows one of the south shore’s biggest projects, the Riverside Galleria, which is opening in Charleston in 2017.

Drone Footage of the Empire Outlets Construction

The smart people behind the Empire Outlets YouTube channel seem to understand how much Staten Islanders like drone footage. In the clip above posted on April 13th, you can see 3.2 million pounds of steel that makes up the MTA Build-over Area, a feature that protects the St. George community protection from future Hurricane Sandy type superstorms. The flyover of the site also shows a general state of the build site from the top of a crane.