One of the surviving glories of Coney Island is to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the last surviving carousel from what was once over 24 of them whirling around on NYC’s Coney Island.
It would not have survived had not NYC’s Economic Development Corporation bought it intact from the last private person to own it and then shipped it interstate to have it completely restored in 2008. And in 2013 it was returned to Coney Island and reassembled.
Everything about it had been taken back to the original, the horses, the housing for them, the organ which creates the music and finally the building which now contains the lot.
The carousell has been installed on the Steeplechase Plaza on the Coney Island Boardwalk and now children and adults alike can sit astride one of the horses that move up and down or sit sedately on a horse that remains stationary.
The style of the Coney Island horses was unique. They all had tossed back heads, flashing eyes, curly manes and bodies stretched and wound ready to move. Original colors have been used so what you see and experience now is what people back in the 1920′s would have experienced.
NYC is rightly proud of the B & B Carousell and now it has recognized for the historical treasure that it is for the whole nation.