When they both discovered that the carousel had reopened, they made a bee line to see it again and brought me along to share in their memories. We all had a great time.
In the 30's, Robert Moses planned his new highway, now known as the Belt Parkway, to run through Brooklyn and Queens. Golden City Park stood smack in the middle of it. By 1938, the park was condemned and leveled. In December of that year, the carousel and a large frame building to house it was moved to the Baldwin site on Sunrise Highway where it opened in 1940 and renamed Nunley's Carousel, which is the name we all know and love today.
Hey, look at me on the horse. I caught a ring! Can you see it around my leg? What a great time we had. Since it was hot, the nearby Cradle of Aviation staff offered us bottled water. Susan and Rob had a great time as well, taking pictures and riding on the horses as well. After almost 50 years, it was great seeing the all the animals again in the former glory.
Here are some interesting facts about the carousel:
- Nunley’s Carousel has 41 horses and one lion.
- The entire carousel is suspended from the center pole.
- The carousel is 42 feet in diameter.
- One bell means the carousel is ready to start, two bells means that it is beginning to turn.
- American carousels turn counterclockwise, but in England, carousels turn clockwise.
- The outward facing side of the carousel horse is more heavily carved than the side facing inward.
- Between 2000 and 3000 carousels were produced in the U.S. during its golden age of wooden carousels (1880s to 1930s); today, there are less than 150 still operating.
- Golden age carousel figures were not carved out of a single block of wood, instead several body panels were connected producing a hollow body.
- To relax before taking off on his solo non-stop trans-Atlantic flight in 1927, Charles Lindbergh ventured to Coney Island to ride a carousel.
I would like to thank the caretakers of the new Nunley's Carousel for being so patient and kind to us while we enjoyed the ride this morning. Their site, http://www.cradleofaviation.org/nunleys.html, is informative and interesting and it is where I borrowed their Fun Facts section to let you know more about the carousel. Please check it out. Another site to check, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nunley%27s, will talk more about the Baldwin site and the eventual refurbishing and renovation. Lastly, I need to mention the Cradle of Aviation Museum site. The building is right next door and it is where Susan bought her Nunley's Carousel tee shirt and ring necklace: