Thursday, June 27, 2013

Pennsylvania FAIL

Day 3 of my carousel road trip was quite and adventure.

In the morning we walked from our hotel in Red Hook through the new/under-construction Brooklyn Bridge Park en route to Jane's Carousel. The park is AMAZING- full of art, swimming pools, soccer fields, basketball courts, gardens, BBQ areas- gorgeous! (Minneapolis could learn a thing or two there for our riverfront development.)

This arty basketball hoop installation reminded me of Minneapolis artist Aaron Dysart's tree limb installations. NEAT!

Jane's Carousel (built in 1922- click to read about it!) is located right at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge on the Brooklyn side.  Right on the water- so fun and beautiful.

I took a ton of reference photos of the animals but it got REALLY crowded (and I am The World's Worst Photographer) so my photos don't do it justice.
Here are a few professional shots from around the web:

There she is! Under the bridge- via onlytheblogknowsbrooklyn

...and here is a shot of the carousel during Hurricane Sandy. Sad and beautiful- very glad she survived!
via this article in the New Yorker.

Me and B being cheesy in the park.

Quick lunch at Vegatarian Ginger and we're outta there!

Let's just skip over the next part of the trip. Pennsylvania did not go well! Good thing I called to double check about the carousel before we made it all the way there. Brad's positivity saved the day and I re-planned the next leg of the trip. 

Lots of bridges.

...and tolls! Uff.
 Instead of PA and VA- we headed straight for Ocean City, MD.

It is such a beautiful piece of land- too bad it is so over-run by spring break style party-ers.

...BUT the carousel was AMAZING!  It was built in 1902 and has: 
12 Jumping Horses, 11 Standing Horses, 25 Menagerie Animals (1 Camel, 2 Cats, 1 Deer, 2 Dogs, 1 Dragon, 2 Frogs, 2 Giraffes, 1 Goat, 1 Lion, 2 Mules, 2 Ostriches, 2 Pigs, 2 Roosters, 1 Stork, 1 Tiger, 2 Zebras), 4 chariots. I took 80 bazillion photos and videos. I'll spare you.

Seeing the carousels at night is the best thing.

This carousel is completely covered with freaky fabulous paintings and carvings.

 funhouse mirror 

There was also a mini carousel for babies! I'm dying!

Thank you for reading! Stop back tomorrow. ;0)


  1. I love old carousels, what a fabulous project! I can't wait to see the art that comes from your travels. Will you be visiting those on the west coast, too? We have a wonderful carousel here in Santa Barbara, built around 1915. If you make it out here, let me know. I'd love to meet you!

  2. Thank you, @Christine! I'd love to visit carousels out West sometime too! (I WILL do it sometime.) Glad I chose to East instead this week- sounds a little hot for my blood out West! Ha! Stay cool. xo-jd