The carousel currently
operating in Flushing Meadows Corona Park was constructed in Brooklyn during the early
1900's. It is the second oldest carousel in New York City (The oldest, also in Queens, is
located in Forest Park.) The Carousel served as a popular attraction in Coney Island
during the latter's heyday as an amusement and entertainment mecca. This amusement ride is
rumored to have been a particular favorite of such notables as Diamond Jim Brady and the
dancers of the Zigfield Follies.
The carousel was one of
three that were transplanted from Coney Island to be used during the 1964/65 World's Fair.
It was later relocated to its current position near the zoo as part of the plan to
transform the former fairgrounds into a first class park.
Thank you for your interest
in Parks. It was good of you to write.
Henry J. Stern