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Dumbo Meets Seabiscuit

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After a 27-year restoration project, the near-century-old Jane’s ­Carousel will open to riders at Brooklyn Bridge Park on September 16. Though she relied on carpenters and engineers to repair rickety ­horses and modernize the electrical system (adding 1,200 glinting lights in the process), carousel namesake Jane Walentas—who bought the merry-go-round back in 1984 with her husband, the developer David Walentas—painstakingly tended to most aesthetic details herself. Housed in a square acrylic pavilion designed by architect Jean Nouvel, the year-round ride affords spectacular, in-the-round views of river, bridges, and skyline(11 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Tuesdays; Brooklyn Bridge Park, East River nr. Dock St., Dumbo; 718-222-2502; $2 per ride).


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