Officials Celebrate Carousel Landmarking

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

The landmark designation of the Forest Park Carousel was celebrated on Monday with a ceremony unveiling a plaque that will tell future generations of its status.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley helped unveil the landmark plaque at the Forest Park Carousel on Monday. Photo by Luis Gronda

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley helped unveil the landmark plaque at the Forest Park Carousel on Monday. Photo by Luis Gronda

The City’s Landmark Preservation Commission approved that designation earlier this year and it joins the Wonder Wheel and the Cyclone Roller Coaster, both in Brooklyn, as the only amusement rides in the City to have that status.

On Monday, elected officials and community members gathered outside the merry-go-round to honor its past and what it will mean for future generations. There used to be much uncertainty surrounding the carousel while it was shuttered for two years after the contract with the previous operator expired. After NY Carousel took over in 2012, many in the community are elated that it is open for residents once again.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) was among the host of officials to celebrate the designation. She said landmarking the carousel is a positive for the area.

“Designating the Forest Park Carousel was a monumental win for our community, which has been fighting for more than 20 years to landmark the carousel,” said Crowley, who hosted the ceremony.

The carousel is located within her district.

LPC Chairman Robert Tierney said the carousel created by master woodcarver Daniel Muller in 1903 will now be preserved because of this designation.

“It’s taken an enormous amount of well-deserved dedication and work over the past 40 years to save this exquisitely carved carousel,” he said. “It’s an incredible work of American folk art that was manufactured by a firm that was celebrated for its highly realistic work and attention to detail.”

After everyone finished speaking, the crowd gathered next to the plaque that residents who ride the merry-go-round will see before getting on the carousel.

In honor of its designation, NY Carousel will extend its season and will be open the weekend of Nov. 2-3. Normally the carousel closes after Halloween due to cold weather.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.