proposal

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“Captivate the world’s interest and provide economic development”

The Halo is a vertical, urban amusement ride, where visitors can rise and fall 1200 feet vertically at speeds tuned to their desired thrill level.  There are 11 tower rides around the circumference of the Halo tower, some fast, some slow, to match the excitement level everyone in a family wants. It is an experience of New York that no one will ever forget and that most people will want to repeat.

The Halo comes in response to Governor Cuomo’s call to re-imagine Penn Station as a mixed use destination that will “captivate the world’s interest and provide economic development.” This is New York’s high-tech version of the Eiffel Tower: a thrill ride taller than the Empire State Building, and an unforgettable icon on the skyline.

New York will have 60 million tourists next year. The tickets they buy on the Halo will contribute money needed to pay for a new Penn Station below without raising taxes or waiting for a government subsidy.

  • Adds $1 Billion to make Penn Station safer and a better gateway
  • Works with any underground plan
  • Uses existing structural capacity – no need for work in the train shed
  • Can go on top of Farley or Penn
  • An iconic NYC skyline – you won’t have to ask: “where’s Penn Station”

 

The technology of our ride is a done deal. The safety and fun of tower rides has been proven by over 170 rides built by our partners S&S Worldwide globally. Yes, New York’s tower ride will be the biggest and fastest in the world –would we accept anything less? The risks of our proposal have to do not with technology or construction but with governmental approvals. The Key stakeholders must say yes. Specifically, Amtrak, the MTA, New Jersey Transit, and potentially in the case of the existing Penn Station alternative, Madison Square Garden, and 2 Penn Plaza owned by Vornado Realty Trust, have to agree with the City and State that making Penn Station safe and fun at no cost to the taxpayer is a good idea. Getting anybody to agree in New York is a risk, but the payoff is just too big to ignore.