Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jane’s Carousel

Jane’s Carousel.

If you find yourself in NYC do make the trip to Brooklyn to visit Jane’s Carousel—a carousel built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, originally installed in Youngstown, Ohio, and now at DUMBO Park, Brooklyn. DUMBO, in case you don’t know, stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. The carousel, lovingly restored to its full glory, is ensconced between both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and is housed in a beautiful glass pavilion by Pritzker Prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel, making it look like a glittering jewel on the edge of the East River.

On the path to the carousel.

Jean Nouvel designed this amazing pavilion for the carousel.

Lovely and filled with light.

It’s just $2 to ride, a true bargain, and they didn’t even charge me for my daughter to ride since she’s under a certain height. You will find a mix of locals and tourists at the carousel and surrounding park. Word to the wise—it is getting fancy at Dumbo. I remember when it was a bit rougher around the edges, even dumpy in some places, but that is no longer the case. I saw no less than four full-on fashion shoots while I was in that area with my kids. Oh the glamour! (I’m being sarcastic. I love fashion as much as the next person, but sometimes it’s nice when life is about something else than multiple fashion shoots that clog the sidewalks and the streets.)

For the time being, Jane’s Carousel (and the surrounding area) is full of gorgeous charm, and gives you the most glorious views of Manhattan you could ever hope for. I highly recommend it!

Great views just steps from the carousel, though 1 World Trade is a hideous piece of architecture.

You get a wonderful view of the city as you ride!

A view of Manhattan Bridge, one of my favorite bridges in NYC.

There is beauty everywhere you look on this carousel.

Amazing details and gorgeous color!

Only two dollars to ride!

Even the tickets are pretty.

I love this gorgeous horse.

Jane’s Carousel
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn, NY


GSL said...

Every time I see a carousel, I think back to that scene from Strangers on a Train. I'm so glad this carousel is being kept up.

Linda said...

Looks like fun!

donna macdonald said...

I love it! Now I want to go...1 World Trade? Is that the new building? It does look unsightly and not really befitting New York City. Who is the carousel named for?

Donna (

Adrienne Shubin said...

I love carousels. Thank you for sharing this one with us. It's a beauty!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I also love carousels!! We have several in town, but one that shows off Manhattan?? Now how much fun would that be! Thanks for the post Jill

Jill said...

Hi GSL, oh I forgot about that 'Strangers on a Train' scene. God I do love a good Hitchcock film. Actually, make that any Hitchcock film. This carousel is the most beautiful one I have ever seen. XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Mom, is that you? The next time you visit we should go to this carousel, you would love it. XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Donna, yeah 1 World Trade Center is the new building, in the picture its the one with the tall spire. I think it's a terrible piece of architecture. I wish the city would've gotten Jean Nouvel to design something, his work is so beautiful. Jane's Carousel is named for the president and founder, Jane Walentas. She and her husband David bought the carousel at auction back in 1984. They bought the entire thing, which prevented it from being sold piecemeal. It is a stunning carousel! XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Adrienne, I think you would love this carousel even more in person, it is just gorgeous, with wonderful details everywhere you look. XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Pam, it is quite an amazing sight to see the southern tip of Manhattan while riding a carousel. The views are stunning! XO, Jill

rosie said...

Will have to go to DUMBO to see this beautiful carousel.

I remember when neighborhoods weren't called Soho or Noho or Tribeca, etc. It was just just the Lower East Side, the Village, etc. . The East Village was part of the Lower East Side. A while back while I was looking (briefly) for an apt. in Manhattan, the real estate agent refered to an area (forget the exact name - maybe Upper Chelsea) & I said you mean Hell's Kitchen. She said oh, we
don't call it that anymore.

Another interesting post, thanks much. Rosie

Jill said...

Hi Rosie! How AWFUL that a real estate agent (I am not a big fan of them in NYC, if I am being honest) said that Hell's Kitchen isn't called that anymore. I would've rolled my eyes at her. I love Hell's Kitchen (well I used to, maybe it's changed) and I love all the kooky names for different neighborhoods--Turtle Bay, Tudor City, SoHo, NoLita, etc. It's interesting to me that these are fairly recent creations. I always love what you have to teach me about NYC history, Rosie! Keep that info coming! XO, Jill