In its dramatic new home on the edge on Brooklyn Bridge Park, in the space between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, Jane’s Carousel will open Friday.
The Jane’s Carousel pavilion, designed by Jean Nouvel, with retractable glass doors on its south side, is set against a background of the Brooklyn Bridge and portion of Lower Manhattan. On the south side, heavy acrylic produces slightly wavy views when seen from inside, while a circular skylight overhead matches the carousel. Stainless steel lettering, a quarter of an inch deep, set in the concrete walk outside the pavilion, informs visitors that the carousel was originally built in Philadelphia in 1922.
Jane Walentas, who with her husband bought the carousel at auction for $385,000, has spent 20 years carefully restoring the splendid ride. Rides will cost $2, with children under 3 riding free (when accompanied by an adult). It will be open throughout the week except on Tuesdays, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.