Ohio carousel finds new home below Brooklyn Bridge

Posted | 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.

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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!!!

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.

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."


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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