|Visible: the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan and One World Trade Center, not yet finished but already the tallest building in NYC|
When we finally admitted a family trip to New York City just wasn’t going to happen this spring, I decided to fly to Brooklyn for a weekend with Mikus, to spend some time with my sister and her husband. Mikus tagged along because Anna is his godmother and also because he still flies free… After an absolute disaster of a flight that included cancellation of original direct flight, cancellation of connecting flight warranting an overnight stay in Ohio, security questioning apple sauce pouches but missing a full water bottle, extreme turbulence, the hassle of traveling with a car seat and excessively rude attendants and gate employees (United Airlines), we finally arrived in New Jersey at 8am. (Yes, your mental calculations are correct, I awoke in Cleveland at 4:30am to carry a sleeping baby on a shuttle, through security and onto the plane at which point the sleeping baby was replaced by an awake baby.)
|Brooklyn Bridge and the almost-finished One World Trade Center, tallest building in NYC|
The carousel was created by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1922, and originally stood in the steel city of Youngstown, Ohio. In 1984 Jane and David Walentas purchased the carousel and began its restoration. After hand-scraping all 60+ years of paint off, the horses and carvings were painted as closely as possible to the original using old pictures and paint samples. Missing embellishments were replaced and mirrors reglazed, the mechanical system was fixed with new gears, motor and wires. From the forty-eight horses to the rounding boards and scenery panels, the carousel has almost all of its original parts and was finally unveiled September 2011. It was the first carousel listed on the National Register of Historic Places.