Thursday, November 3, 2011

New York....Part One!!

2 weeks ago the BF and I went to visit his sister who lives in
Queens. It has been quite a few years since both of us have been to NYC so we
decided to do as much walking and 'touristy' stuff as we could. We spent several
hours in Center Park and the carousel in particular really caught my attention.
It has such beautiful detail and arcitecture.I did some reasearch and
learned that the famed Carousel is the fourth to stand in Central Park since
1871. A live mule or a horse, hidden beneath the Carousel platform, powered the
original ride from 1873 until 1924. The animals were taught to start and stop
when the operator tapped his foot on the floor!The next two Carousels were
destroyed by fire, the first in 1924 and its successor in 1950. Searching for a
replacement, the Parks Department discovered the current vintage Carousel
abandoned in an old trolley terminal on Coney Island. The Brooklyn firm Stein
& Goldstein crafted the piece in 1908, and it remains one of the largest
carousels in the United States and finest examples of American folk art. In
1990, the Central Park Conservancy restored the Carousel landscape and
surrounding plaza. Each horse is also being restored.

There are horses (of course!) but a lot of other pretty animals
The fence surrounding the carousel was my favorite!

Doesn't it just look magical!? :)

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