That carousel in Dumbo that Jane Walentas has been restoring since the 1980s made its public debut during the Dumbo Art Festival this weekend. "Jane's Carousel," as they are calling it, dates to 1922 and was purchased by Jane and husband David in in 1984. It was supposed to go in Brooklyn Bridge Park, but hasn't gotten a place there yet. Instead, the historic carousel is now operating at 65 Water Street. No rides, though, as there isn't enough space between carousel and walls. The handout over the weekend suggests more pushing to get the carousel a waterfront spot:
Hopefully, someday the Carousel will be housed in a wonderful new Carousel Pavilion set in the park on the East River....Completing this Carousel, giving it to the City & State and riding on it in the Park has been my wish and my passion.Meantime, it's turning and riderless on Water Street, Friday through Sunday Noon to Five. How long before the moms of Brooklyn start a petition drive to get it into the park, pronto?
· A Chat with Jane at the Carousel Opening [Dumbo NYC]
· Jane's Carousel Debuts in Dumbo [Gowanus Lounge]
· The Paradox of Dumbo [NYSun]