Ohio carousel finds new home below Brooklyn Bridge

Posted Friday, September 2, 2011 12:34 PM | Contributed by Jeff

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.

Read more from The New York Times.

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Friday, September 2, 2011 1:12 PM
MidwavePC's avatar

Finally!!! :) I've been following the progress of the carousel ever since Jane starting get press out about the finished carousel, of which she used 1920's-style paint, but didn't have to do anything with the bench seating. A long 27 year process, from purchase at auction at $385k in 1984, through $2 million in cleaning and restoration, and now the eventual donation to the people of Brooklyn, NY.
Thank You, Jane Walentas!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011 2:49 PM

This is the carousel from idora park! awesome! finally get to ride one of the only rides to make it out of that park surviving.

Friday, September 2, 2011 3:02 PM

My dad grew up in Youngstown. He went to Idora Park a lot when he was a kid. Took me there once in the late 70s/early 80s. As I was reading the linked article, I figured it was the carousel from Idora which had been restored. I searched to confirm and found a couple of articles about a group of 100 people from Youngstown who went to meet iwth Jane and see and ride the restored carousel in NY a couple of years ago. It was interesting reading their stories about memories of the carousel from their youths. One point in an article that I thought was pretty cool:

"Most were smiling, many shed a tear for the carousel and maybe for all the days that have come and gone. And one sensed--this reporter almost felt it himself--that a whiff of youth came to these good folks, and some of the bad times that happened since went away."


Friday, September 2, 2011 3:25 PM

It's a really grand machine, and a masterful restoration. It concerns me that it's being turned over to NYC Parks & Rec, as their history in handling the antique machines which they are entrusted has not been all that good of late. I wonder if the Walentas' have put a clause in the agreement that if it's not properly taken care of they can repossess it.


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