Prospect Park Carousel is a Treasure of New York
September 18, 2018
Prospect Park's historic Carousel was recently a feature of THIRTEEN's Treasures of New York, highlighted as an "Historic Gem in Brooklyn." The segment tells the history of carousels in Prospect Park, which date back to the Park's original design by Olmsted and Vaux in the 1860s.
The current Prospect Park Carousel was originally built in the park in 1952, but fell into decrepitude in the 1970s. In 1990, the newly formed Prospect Park Alliance—the non-profit that sustains, restores and advances the park—undertook the restoration of the Carousel in an effort to return this landmark to its original glory, and bring the community back into the park. The project was a great success, and today the Carousel with its 53 hand-painted horses (plus assorted dragons, giraffe and deer) is just one of the many attractions that draws over 10 million visitors to the 585 acre park every year.
Today, the Carousel is one of Prospect Park's most popular venue for children's birthday parties! Learn more about having your next party at this beloved landmark.