My sister Mary sent me a New York Times article by Lisa W. Foderaro about the restored B and B Carousel in Coney Island.
The restoration took place in Marion, Ohio and took more than five years. We took the subway/train out to Coney Island on Tuesday morning and found where the horses were located.
As we approached the carousel pavilion’s new location along the boardwalk, we were surprised at the giant lettering in bright colors. The horses had real horsehair tails! The special lead horse was carved to commemorate Lincoln’s Centennial of his birth(1909) by famous carver Marcus C. Illions.
There was a paper sign taped on the lead horse with the Lincoln relief, NO RIDERS but the carousel attendant asked if I would like for him to take it off so I could photograph it. Very nice. I’m showing the ornate horse with the paper sign, too.
A carousel bench before restoration with all the layers of paint and after restoration is shown below.
Each horse had a unique expression and markings. We enjoyed the ride and had great fun. (And the restrooms are clean and colorful with confetti-like decor)
The lead horse carved to honor Lincoln’s Centennial of his birth in 1909 by Macus C. Illions
Carousel Bench BEFORE restoration
Carousel Bench AFTER restoration
Carousel Pavillion workers adding the lightbulbs on the letters
And another article about the horses being sent to Marion Ohio.
They were lovingly and expertly restored at Carousel and Carvings, by owner Mr. Todd W. Goings.
You might remember that Mary and I rode Jane’s Carousel in DUMBO (Brooklyn) during my Spring Break from school.