Queen of Dumbo Jane Walentas appeared before Brooklyn's Community Board 2 last night to reveal the plans for the Jean Nouvel-designed waterfront pavilion that will house her restored antique carousel. (Got pics/renderings? Hook us up!) Walentas, wife of Two Trees developer David Walentas, has pledged to donate her prized whirligig?as well as millions of dollars?to Brooklyn Bridge Park, but not everyone is thrilled about taking a ride on the Walentas-go-round due to its proximity to the bridge and the lack of public input in the planning process. Then again, some people also hate puppy dogs and candy canes. Let's put aside the gripping controversy for now and get into the details of the French starchitect's first Brooklyn creation.
The Brooklyn Paper fills us in on the headlines: The 28-foot-tall glass pavilion will be transparent by day (with retractable walls for shelter during the cold months), and at night drapes will come down and silhouettes of the horses will be cast onto the East River "as far as the Manhattan shoreline." Which is all Nouvel's elaborate way of saying, "Suck it, West Chelsea!" The Post's Rich Calder notes that the light show could continue until 1 a.m. every night, which means?given the state of most adults looking to ride a carousel at one in the morning?the ride should probably come with barf bags.
· ‘Jane’s Carousel’ closer to a grand entrance in Brooklyn Bridge Park [Brooklyn Paper]
· Jane's Carousel [janescarousel.com]
· Jane's Carousel coverage [Curbed]