Former Idora carousel needs your vote

Staff report

New York, N.Y.

The carousel that formerly served as the centerpiece of Idora Park is up for an award in its New York City home.

Jane Walentas, a New York artist, bought the 1922 Philadelphia Toboggan Co. model carousel in 1984 after it was damaged in a fire at the park. She spent 22 years restoring it and opened it to the public in September 2011 in its new home at the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park as Jane’s Carousel.

She learned this week that Jane’s Carousel has been selected a finalist in the Most Awesome Parks & Playgrounds category in the New York 2013 Red Tricycle’s Totally Awesome Awards.

People can vote for the carousel at Voting runs until Aug. 15. The carousel is one of 23 parks and attractions listed in the New York Metro area.

Last year, the Travel and Leisure website,, named the carousel Best Public Space.

“In a completely unexpected pairing, a richly detailed carousel (1922) and a see-through minimalist shed (2011) jointly occupy a dramatic waterfront site in the shadow of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges,” the website says.

Last December, the carousel withstood the rains and high winds of Super Storm Sandy, sustaining damage to its heating and ventilation systems and electronic controls. It reopened two weeks after the storm.

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