The newest carousel in New York City opens today in Battery Park. If the lines are too long at the spectacular new SeaGlass Carousel, these other NYC carousels are great alternatives. Here’s list of the best carousels in all 5 boros:
Carousels in Manhattan
Central Park Carousel: The granddaddy of New York City merry-go-rounds. When it opened in 1873, it was powered by a mule, and always powered by happy kids. Midpark at 64th Street; centralparknyc.org; $3.
Le Carousel: Enjoy le French cabaret music with your ride at this Victorian carousel in Bryant Park. Sixth Avenue at 40th Street; bryantpark.org; $3.
Totally Kid Carousel: Children’s drawings are carved into fanciful carousel creatures in Harlem. Riverbank State Park, 679 Riverside Drive, at West 145th Street; nysparks.com; $1.
Pier 62 Carousel: 33 hand-carved animals native to the Manhattan and the rest of NYC twirl under a “living” green roof. Hudson River Park, at 23rd St. hudsonriverpark.org, $2.
Carousels in Brooklyn
Jane’s Carousel: It’s hard to match the views from seaside ride in Dumbo, in a Jean Nouvel pavilion. Brooklyn Bridge Park between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges; janescarousel.com; $2.
Prospect Park Carousel: With horses carved long ago by Charles Carmel. this is another vintage gem. Near the Willink entrance, at Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard; prospectpark.org; $2. Note that the Prospect Park Carousel is closed from mid-November to mid-April.
B&B Carousel in Luna Park: Dates from 1906, and a perennial Coney Island favorite, with 50 hand-carved horses and two grand chariots. lunapark.com
Carousels in Queens
Flushing Meadows Carousel: Cobbled from two old Coney Island carousels for the 1964-65 World’s Fair. In the Fantasy Forest Amusement Park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, at 111th Street and 55th Avenue; $3.
Carousels in Staten Island
Conservation Carousel: Ride models of hand-carved endangered species, like a poison dart frog or a giant panda, at the Staten Island Zoo; 614 Broadway, on the north shore of the island;; $2.
Carousels in the Bronx
Bug Carousel: Ride a dung beetle at the Bronx Zoo (but adults will need to pay the $30-$34 zoo admission). Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road, Fordham; bronxzoo.com.
This round-up of NYC carousels is based on a list that appeared originally in the New York Times, as part of their coverage of the new SeaGlass Carousel.