while we were in dumbo a few saturday’s ago, we rode jane’s carousel. i started to read a little about the carousel while we were there, but didn’t get very far (which tends to be the case with everything these days) as samson has discovered the power in speed walking (with zombie arms extended front, naturally.) but anyway, i read more about the story behind it once we returned home and it is just the sweetest.
jane bought the carousel as a whole at an auction in the 1980’s so it wouldn’t be sold off piece by piece. it was originally created in 1922 by the philadelphia toboggan company. after buying it, she then spent the last twenty-something years restoring it in brooklyn with her husband. they hand-scraped through 62 years of park paint to get to the original colors and wood carvings of the carousel and restore it to its original self from 1922! can you even imagine scraping 62 years of park paint off something by hand? i haven’t been on too many carousels in my life but enough to say this one is something else. the killer backdrop of the manhattan skyline with both the manhattan and brooklyn bridges in view doesn’t hurt the overall experience, either.
anyway, we look forward to many more rides on jane’s carousel. (even if the music was a bit too loud for eleanor’s liking. see the photo below where she and papa are both plugging her little ears. i swear someone will flush the toilet around here and she’s like, “too loud!” from the other room. haha. what a character.)