Art + Culture

Jane’s Carousel In The Running For ‘Totally Awesome’ Award

Jane’s Carousel is now decidedly ‘Totally Awesome.’ Having been selected as a finalist for  the 2013 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards in the Parks and Playgrounds category, it is now up to you, the voter, to decide which park will be named the greatest.

And with the Carousel’s history, it is more than deserving of the title. At more than 90 years old, the 48 equine-strong carousel has seen a lot. Originally built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, the carousel was once listed on the National Register of Historic Places while set up in its original home in Idora Park of Youngstown, Ohio where it lived until that park’s demise in 1984. To save the hand-carved beauty from being auctioned off piecemeal, local DUMBO developers David and Jane Walentas purchased it in its entirety and moved it to DUMBO to begin the restoration process.

Today, the horses dance between the bridges in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Sheltered by an acrylic cube designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, it was officially opened to the public in September of 2011. The carousel runs six days and week, and children three and under ride free. Restored to it’s original elegance, it will remain a valuable piece of DUMBO lure.

You can cast your vote for the 2013 Red Tricycle Awards here. The polls close August 15.