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Staten Island Wheel Talk; Italian Designers Seek NYC Loft

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STATEN ISLAND?The Trespa Design Center is hosting a presentation about the planned 625-foot-tall Staten Island observation wheel, aka the New York Wheel, aka the largest ferris wheel in the world. Wheel developer Richard Marin will be there, along with a few other people involved in the project. This will be the first public presentation about the project, which really truly looks like it will come to fruition. The wheel will be joined by "a world-class sustainable venue emphasizing the visual history of New York, advanced technology, and state-of-the-art sustainability elements." The event is at 6 p.m. on May 21. [CurbedWire Inbox; official]

DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN?Do you own a 2,000-square-foot loft in lower Manhattan? Do you want to remodel with custom Italian furnishings? Can you relocate for a year to have people visit your home? If you answered "yes" to all of the above, then read on. Design-Apart, an Italian design collective, is looking for a downtown loft or warehouse space to turn into a "living showroom," preferably in a trendy 'hood like Soho, Nolita, or Chelsea. The chosen New Yorker would move out to let the artists redecorate and show their work to the world, then after 12 months, the owner would return to a space outfitted with $500,000 worth of modern Italian design?and all of the decor would be his to keep. Interested parties can apply online. [CurbedWire Inbox; official]

SOHO?Brooklyn artist Molly Dilworth has been commissioned to create a site-specific mural that will wrap around the central pillar in the garden of the James New York hotel. Called Ghost Acre, the artwork "offers a unique take on public art where the pattern was derived from the decorative histories of the original settlers of the city." [CurbedWire Inbox; official]