For more than 20 years, Brooklyn artist Jane Walentas has been overseeing the meticulous restoration of 48 wooden horses, a stable-full of palominos, bays, and ponies that first began saddling up back in 1922, in Youngstown, Ohio, and then on Water Street in DUMBO, until Walentas took them into rehab in 1984. Next week, on Friday, September 16, those horses will finally ride again. And not only have the animals themselves been given the luxury treatment–the hand-painting of the pinstripes on the bridles, for instance, was done by a pro car detailer from Mercedes-Benz; the gold you see is real gold (leaf)–but also their new home is located on one the most beautiful stretches of New York City real estate, right on the river in Brooklyn Bridge Park. AND it's designed by none other than the internationally-renowned architect Jean Nouvel!
Anyway, we're totally excited about the opening of Jane's Carousel (as it's now called) in Brooklyn Bridge Park next week… so much so that we swung by DUMBO yesterday for a sneak peak. And while we couldn't really get close enough to say whether the Pritzker Prize-winning Nouvel's pavilion will feel like something more than a simple glass (or, more accurately, acrylic) box that was our dominant impression of the space from afar–and there's no indication about just how speedy, and thrilling (or not), the ride itself will be–we'll definitely be back this fall to see how much Jane's Carousel adds to the lovely Brooklyn Bridge Park once the lights are on, and the crowds take over the park's little peninsula, and the music drifts out over the water…
Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park Details
Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park will be open year-round starting next Friday, September 16. For now the hours for Jane's Carousel will be 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., every day except Tuesday when the Carousel will be closed, presumably to give the hard-running ponies a breather. The cost of a ride on Jane's Carousel will be $2; free for children under the age of three. Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park is located in Brooklyn, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, and is a short walk from any number of subway lines, including the 2, 3, F, A, and C.