NYC – Brooklyn – Coney Island – Deno’s Wonder Wheel
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The Wonder Wheel stands as the centerpiece of the Coney Island Amusement area in Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, giving riders a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, the Jersey Shore & the NYC Skyline. The wheel stands 150 feet high, with a diameter of 135 feet, and holding 144 people in 24 passenger cars. It is these cars, moreso than its size that make the wheel unique. Only eight of them are stationary. The other 16 swing along curved tracks within the revolving structure. Each year, over 200,000 people of all ages will ride the Wonder Wheel.
Designed by Charles Herman, construction began in 1918 and was finished by1920 by Herald J. Garms and the Eccentric Ferris Wheel Company. All of the Bethlehem Steel was forged on site and raised onto the ride’s structure where it was attached. Herald’s son, Freddie, ran the wheel until 1983, when it was sold, along with Spook-A-Rama to Denos Vourderis. After acquiring the former Ward’s Kiddie Park on the adjoining boardwalk, Vourderis established Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park.
The Wonder Wheel was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1989.