5. Friedsam Memorial Carousel
Central Park, Midtown
Located in the centre of Central Park, near 64th Street, this historic carousel is ridden by nearly 250,000 people each year. The current ride, which features more than 57 horses, is actually the fourth carousel to inhabit the space, since the first one (which was powered by a real horse!) was retired in 1924 and the next two were destroyed by fires. Created by Brooklyn's own firm Stein & Goldstein in 1908, the current carousel is a favorite for birthday parties and special children's events.
6. Le Carrousel
Bryant Park, Midtown
Le Carrousel in Bryant Park, created to complement the park’s French classical style, is a homage to both European and American carousel traditions. Its 14 delightful animals, replicas of classical carousel creatures, revolve to the sounds of French cabaret music. The rounding boards, inspired by Bryant Park’s elegant baroque style along 40th Street, blend into the leafy canopy of the park’s London plane trees.
7. Pier 62 Carousel
Hudson River Park, Chelsea
Take a ride on Hudson River Park’s custom-designed Hudson River Animals carousel. This signature 11-metre carousel has been created using 33 handcarved wood figures of Hudson River Valley animals and one chariot, allowing for up to 36 passengers per ride. The carousel building has been designed with a green roof and opens out to a large sprawling lawn and tree-lined pathways.
8. SeaGlass Carousel
Battery Park, The Battery
This new addition to The Battery Conservancy aims to entertain, inspire and educate adults and children alike. Built to recall 1896, when the Battery was home to the since-closed New York Aquarium at the Castle, the carousel will showcase magical fish and sea creatures that are also available for sponsorship. Sixty SmartGlass panels will transform the carousel's walls from clear to blue, simulating a realistic trip to the ocean's floor.