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.|
Brooklyn Bridge Park