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Take a joy ride through history on a century-old carousel!

Take the kids or go for a ride yourself on Jane’s Carousel, the beautiful, antique carousel. Built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, Jane’s Carousel was lovingly restored and donated to Brooklyn Bridge Park by Jane and David Walentas. Jane’s Carousel opened to the public on September 16, 2011 after decades of refurbishment.

Located in the Empire Fulton Ferry section in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Carousel is housed in a gorgeous glass pavilion beneath the Brooklyn Bridge.

Jane’s Carousel is a classic antique carousel offering rides on 48 carved horses and two chariots. The Philadelphia Toboggan Company created the Carousel in 1922 and it was installed in Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio, a then prosperous steel city. Now Jane’s Carousel, it was originally called the Idora Park Merry-Go-Round.

Jane and David Walentas purchased the Carousel in full at auction in 1984 and it was in poor condition. Jane Walentas led its restoration from her studio in DUMBO and required carpentry repairs and hand-scraping of layers of paint. The scraping revealed the original 1922 colors and elegant wood carvings. Through research and color matching paint, as well as the re-adornment of missing embellishments, Jane restored the horses and the entire carousel to its original beauty.

The Walentas’ commissioned the creation of a glass pavilion to house the Carousel so that it could operate year-round. The elegant transparent cube, featuring retractable doors, showcases the historic carousel and makes the most of its spectacular setting on a bluff overlooking the East River, the skyline of Lower Manhattan, and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Jean Nouvel Ateliers, an internationally renowned designer and architect, designed the carousel pavilion.

To learn more about tickets, hours of operation, and birthday parties at the Carousel, please visit the Jane’s Carousel website.

FAQS

  • Do I need a permit to take photos?

      It depends on the photoshoot. Permits are required for commercial photo shoots, or groups larger than 20. Learn more about the permitting process on the permits page.

  • Are there restaurants nearby?

      Yes! There are lots of places to eat and find food at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Please browse through all the concessions and nearby eateries here.

       

       

  • Are there public restrooms?

  • What areas are ADA accessible?

      The entire Park is ADA Accessible. For Access-a-Ride access to Pier 1, please use the address 1 Water Street (corner of Old Fulton and Water Street). To enter the southern end of the park, please use the address 360 Furman Street and exit on the west side of the building.

  • Are there free events?

      Yes, the majority of events in the Park are free. Please check the events calendar for more information on individual events.

  • Can I bring a school group for a field day?

      Yes, however a permit is required. School trips and field days are allowed for a maximum group size of 200, with 1 adult present for every 10 children. Brooklyn Bridge Park has a limited number of school bus layover parking and is not guaranteed. Insurance is required for schools outside of the New York City public school system. Please see the permits page for more information.

  • Can I bring balloons or other party decorations?

      If you are hosting any event that requires set up, you must have an approved permit from Brooklyn Bridge Park. Please note that chalk, confetti, powders, glitter, balloons, flower petals (real or fake), or any other similar substance cannot be used in the Park. These substances are difficult to manage when blown into plant beds, water features, or paths. These products can blend with the soil or water and the dyes or chemical makeup of these products may have long-term harmful effects on the Park’s ecosystem.

  • How do I get to Brooklyn Bridge Park?

      Brooklyn Bridge Park is accessible by several subway lines (A/C, 2/3, 4/5, F, R) and bus routes (B25, B61, B63, B67). Visitors can also arrive via the NYC Ferry at Fulton Ferry Landing and Pier 6. For Access-a-Ride access to Pier 1, please use the address 1 Water Street (corner of Old Fulton and Water Street). To enter the southern end of the park, please use the address 360 Furman Street and exit on the west side of the building.

  • Is there a lost and found?

      Yes, if you find an item in the Park you can give it to any Park staff member or drop it off at our office at 334 Furman Street (near Pier 5). If you have lost an item please complete this form here, if the item is found we will contact you.

  • Is there an entrance fee to Brooklyn Bridge Park?

      Brooklyn Bridge Park is free to enter! There is no entrance fee to the Park and the majority of events are free. To use facilities not managed by BBP, such as Jane’s Carousel, The Cliffs, or the Roller Rink, there may be fees.

  • Is there parking?

      Parking near Brooklyn Bridge Park is very limited. We highly recommend taking public transportation, biking or walking to the park. BBP is accessible by bus, subway and ferry. See more about Getting to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

      There are limited metered parking spaces in a public parking lot on Furman Street near Pier 2. The parking spaces are metered for both a minimum and a maximum of three hours. Please note that parking on the Loop Road (between Pier 5 and Pier 6) is not allowed.

      There are two paid parking lots. A paid parking garage is located near Pier 6, accessible on the south side of 360 Furman Street. A paid parking garage operated by LAZ is located near Pier 1, accessible on the south side of 90 Furman Street (under Squibb Bridge).

       

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