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Restored B&B Carousell is open in Coney Island (slide show)

Originally built in 1906, the B&B Carousell returns home to Coney Island as part of the new Steeplechase Plaza.

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk

Photograph: Luciana Golcman

B&B Carousell and Coney Island boardwalk


Coney Island has had a busy few months—after being hit hard by Hurricane Sandy last October, the popular Brooklyn beach and boardwalk has been rebuilding and reopening its star attractions (Luna Park, Nathan's, the New York Aquarium) and also unveiling new ones. Over Memorial Day weekend, New Yorkers got their first look at the much-anticipated B&B Carousell, the newly-restored historic merry-go-round that was built over 100 years ago. (You may remember that in 2005, the city purchased the carousel after it was almost taken apart and sold at an art auction. It took them six years to restore it to its original glory.)

The Coney Island legend, which features 50 hand-carved horses (36 move, 14 are stationary), two chariots (one is wheelchair accessible) and the Gebruder Bruder band organ, is housed in a David Rockwell-designed pavillion in the center of Steeplechase Plaza, a new two-acre public space. The word Carousell (the two L's keep with the spelling from the original manufacturer) are displayed in bright colors and a funky font at the top of the circular pavillion, along with painted images of horses. Doors that open straight on to the boardwalk give the ride an indoor and outdoor feel (plus, kids can still take a spin in inclement weather!). Run by Luna Park, a ride on the carousel will cost you $3—a similar price to other city merry-go-rounds.

And Coney Island continues to grow. Later this year, famllies can look forward to a new Applebee's (it'll be open year round), as well as Brooklyn's first It'Sugar, a national candy store that sells everything from Nerds to M&M's.

Scroll through our pictures from our day at Coney Island and make sure to plan an outing to the Brooklyn nabe this summer.



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