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|Subject: Historic Carousel coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:34 pm|| |
Another ride addition is coming to NYC - a historic carousel opening at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The park is located in Brooklyn, on the East River near the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. It's about 11 miles driving north of Coney Island.
|The journey from an Ohio theme park to Brooklyn has been long and difficult for 48 wooden horses, who today are scheduled to trot, canter, leap — O.K., be wheeled — from the Dumbo studio of Jane Walentas, the artist who spent over 20 years overseeing their restoration, to their permanent home, a carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. It opens on Sept. 16 and will be called, naturally, Jane’s Carousel.|
|Jane's Carousel is a completely restored historic Carousel made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC #61) in 1922. It is a classic 3-row machine with 48 exquisitely carved horses, and 2 superb chariots. The wood carvings, often attributed to John Zalar and Frank Carretta, are among the finest of their kind. In addition, the scenery panels, rounding boards, crests, center pole and platform are all original to the Carousel. It was the first Carousel to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.|
The carousel was originally from a place called Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio. It was purchased after a fire devasted the park in 1984. A woman Jane Walentas has been restoring it in her New York City studio since. The carousel, which was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, has been named "Jane's Carousel" for her work.
It was a controversial development, as many people see the pavilion that houses it as an eyesore, but it's better than not having the carousel on display at all.
It officially opens on September 16.
Pavilion and Carousel development | More Photos