If like me you are still a child at heart you need to visit Jane’s Carousel in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, where it is magically set on the East River, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
The Carousel was created in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, it was originally installed in Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio.
Bought at auction by Jane and David Walentas on October 21, 1984. Their bid for the entire Carousel prevented it from being sold off piecemeal.
It is a classic 3-row machine with 48 carved horses, and 2 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 is now housed in a spectacular Pavilion designed by Pritzker Prize winning French architect Jean Nouvel.
The carousel is operated year-round for the enjoyment of children of all ages. $2 admission.
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