NYU Steinhardt Recommends: A Trip to Jane’s Carousel

This summer, take a trip to Jane’s Carousel.   Located in Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo, the carousel – which hails from Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio – was lovingly and painstakingly restored by Steinhardt alumna Jane Walentas (MA ’85).

Jane and her husband David Walentas purchased the carousel in 1984 for the Brooklyn waterfront.  A graduate of the Department of Art and Art Professions, Jane refurbished the horses in her Dumbo studio, chipping away at each layer of paint until she arrived at the original color and design.  The restoration, which included repair, repainting, detailing, gold-leafing, and mural cleaning – took more than twenty years.

The carousel opened in 2011.  On a beautiful day, the view of the horses in their transparent acrylic pavilion reminds us how much a singular vision can change the landscape.

(Photo:  Debra Weinstein/NYU Steinhardt)