Brooklyn Bridge Park gets some spin

This past Saturday was a stunning December day in NYC. Temps in the mid-50s at this time of year are rare, so everyone takes their activities outside before the freezing temperatures, whipping winds and snow and ice storms create a state of near hibernation. For me anyway.

I headed over the Brooklyn Bridge into DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). One of my favorite NYC walks takes me through parts of the East Village, SoHo, NoLIta, Chinatown, and the city and Federal courts area.

Nestled in DUMBO is Brooklyn Bridge Park where Jane’s Carousel was recently relocated. The carousel (merry-go-round, as we called them) had been resting in a storefront on Water Street for years, awaiting its mainstage position between the two bridges. It’s a wonderful place to see spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn Heights, and a great area to walk, shop and explore many remnants of old New York.

Jane’s  Carousel, Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC attractions, waterfront development, DUMBO community development

And then there’s the spectacular Jane’s Carousel at your service. Here are a few facts about this fully restored piece of history.

  • Manufactured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1922
  • Made up of 48 carved horses and 2 chariots, attributed to artists John Zalar and Frank Carretta
  • Contains the original scenery panels, rounding boards, crests, center pole and platform
  • First carousel placed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Housed in a pavilion resting between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges designed by Pritzker Prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel

Tickets are $2.00 per ride. All the information you need to plan your Jane’s Carousel visit can be found here. PS: It’s worth a trip over any bridge.

Images: Top and small left/right flank details © Jane’s Carousel. Location images and montage: © 2011 Janet Giampietro, shot with a first generation iPhone.

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