Jane’s Carousel opens today!

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The city’s elite toasted Jane’s Carousel on Thursday as a popcorn-crunching Mayor Bloomberg, Jean Nouvel, Jacques Torres, and, of course, the editor of The Brooklyn Paper, hopped on for an inaugural ride.

Jane Walentas, artist and wife of DUMBO megadeveloper David Walentas, unveiled her magnificent 1920s-era merry-go-round on the East River at a preview at an event serving Champagne and popcorn — which Hizzoner ate with reckless abandon.

The Walentases bought the historic ride at an auction in Ohio in 1984 — and spent years 26 years restoring it.

Jane’s Carousel now shines in a Nouvel-designed $9-million acrylic and glass pavilion with 26-foot-tall retractable walls that open during the day. At night, shades drop over the glassy shelter, allowing the carousel horses to cast silhouettes across the river.

But children looking for a wild pony ride beware: the horses on the outside are stationary! Carousel experts say that’s because the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, maker of this classic, traditionally made “safer” rides. Darn it.

Jane’s Carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park [Dock and Water streets in DUMBO, (718) 222-2502], 11 am to 7 pm. For info, visit; Also, bring your ticket stub to the Water Street Restaurant & Lounge [66 Water St. between Main and Dock streets in DUMBO, (718) 625-9352], and receive $2 off your meal, which makes the ride free.

Updated 5:26 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Deborah from Bay Ridge says:
I want to go!

Are the lines insane?
Sept. 16, 2011, 8:17 am
darlene from dumbo says:
I'm sorry, but carousels do not belong in a park!
Sept. 16, 2011, 10:46 am
Carousel Fan from anywhere there's a carousel says:
Darlene, many parks all over the country and even in New York have carousels. They're the traditional location for them and have been since they were invented several centuries ago.
Sept. 16, 2011, 1:15 pm
Dwtnbklyn says:
Wonderful addition!!
Sept. 17, 2011, 10:09 am
Erin says:
Why on earth would DARLENE get up in arms about something as innocent and sweet as a carousel being put in a park? Maybe she doesn't know what a carousel is?
Sept. 17, 2011, 3:33 pm
darlene from dumbo says:
ahh, ya'll fell for it!

i was just making fun of the Dumbo Neighborhood Association and Friends of Brooklyn Bridge Park that are really going around and saying stupid like that. These stupid NIMYBS got senator squadron to boycott the opening even though his mom's a huge carousel aficionado

for the record, i love the carousel and its little jewel box pavilion
Sept. 19, 2011, 9:03 am

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