Coney Island, on Surf Ave., near W. 12th St.
Coney Island was once home to about 25 carousels. Today, only
B&B Carousell (that’s the manufacturer’s spelling)
remains. It’s one of only twelve carousels in America
that still have brass rings. Hours are about noon to midnight
every summer day; closed during winter.
The Carousel for All Children
Willowbrook Park, Staten Island. Enter at Eton Pl., near Richmond
Your little ones can choose among 52 hand-painted horses and
mythical beasts set against a backdrop painted with images
of Staten Island landmarks. Open 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. every
day in July and August, Wednesday to Sunday in June and September,
and Friday to Sunday in May and October; closed November to
Forest Park Carousel
Forest Park, Queens. Enter at Woodhaven Blvd., near Myrtle Ave.
This gorgeously restored rare wooden carousel by Daniel C. Muller,
one of just two still in operation worldwide, is over 100 years
old. Opens at 10 a.m. year-round, weather permitting; $1.
The Friedsam Memorial Carousel
Central Park. Enter at Fifth Ave. and 64th St.; the carousel
is located mid-park
Moved here from Coney Island in 1908 (back when it was pulled
by blind horses), this carousel is one of the largest in the
country, with 57 horses that are almost as big as their living
counterparts. Open April to November from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends, weather permitting;
open fair-weather weekends and holidays from December to March.
Bryant Park. Enter at 42nd St., near Sixth Ave.
This charming little French-themed carousel is in its third
season and offers a touch of sophistication—ride to
the tunes of Edith Piaf and other French cabaret music on
fourteen colorful animals, from ponies to rabbits and frogs.
A party planner is available for birthdays. Open through Labor
Day 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends, noon to 7 p.m. weekdays;
$1.75 per ride or ten rides for $15.
Prospect Park Carousel
Children’s Corner, Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Use the
Willink entrance on Empire Blvd., bet. Ocean and Flatbush
Charles Carmel, one of the early twentieth century’s
best-known carousel carvers, added a lion, giraffe, and reindeer
to the 50-plus horses in this lively piece. Open noon to 6
p.m. Thursday to Sunday until Labor Day; noon to 5 p.m. Thursday
to Sunday from Labor Day until October 26; reopens the last
weekend in April; $1. Available for private parties ($250
for two hours).
Totally Kid Carousel
Riverbank State Park, Harlem. Enter at Riverside Dr. and 145th
A relative newcomer, the Totally Kid Carousel was designed
by local artist Milo Mottola. Open 1 to 6 p.m. every day but
Wednesday, weather permitting. Private groups can reserve
the carousel on Wednesday mornings; 50 cents.