Discover Jane’s Carousel In New York City
Built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, the beautifully restored Janes’s Carousel is located in Brooklyn Bridge Park and open year-round. No child’s visit to Dumbo would be complete without a visit to Jane’s Carousel. Its 48 horses prance near the East River year-round, protected from the elements by a jewel-box structure designed by architect Jean Nouvel. Rides are just $2.
Jane Walentas made it known that she wanted the carousel to be given a permanent place in Brooklyn Bridge Park, going so far as to pay a $500,000 fee for a pavilion to house it designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. It was opened to the public at its new location in Brooklyn Bridge Park on the East River in Brooklyn on September 16, 2011.
Jane’s Carousel Light Show
The light show last for a few minutes every hour, on the hour. One living on Manhattan’s riverfront, one riding the subway home across the bridge, one driving south on the FDR, will know he or she is on time for dinner, as Jane’s Carousel animates on the small Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo.
Four 70’x 25’ recessed screens descend at sunset for the light show. The shadows of the carousel’s horses are projected via a series of light fixtures installed in the center. Due to the geometry of the building’s envelope, the shadows grow in size towards the edges of the building.