Jane's Carousel is one of the cutest magical places to set foot on in Brooklyn. The 48 horse carousel was built in 1922 in an amusement park called Idora Park located Youngstown, Ohio. The wooden carousel was constructed by Philadelphia Toboggan Company and carved by Frank Caretta and John Zalar. In 1984 Idora Park closed down, the carousel was auctioned off and sold for $385,000 Jane and David Walentas a former director of Estee Lauder. The carousel was then moved to Brooklyn for restoration.
Jane Walentas wanted the carousel placed permanently in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Architect Jean Nouvel was later hired to design a pavilion to house the carousel. The pavilion is made out of 25 feet tall three feet wide acrylic panels. On the north and south sides of the structure the panels fold like an accordion to allow pedestrian traffic flow as well as fresh air when the weather is nice.
On June 20, 2009 Jane agreed to donate the restored 1920's carousel, the pavilion and $3.45 million toward landscape and any improvements to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation. After 27 years of renovation, Jane's Carousel was opened on September 16, 2011 at 65 Water Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park. If you haven't taken a ride on the Jane's Carousel stop by and explore a part of history for only $2.00.
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