Forest Park Carousel becomes NYC landmark

Posted at 5:30 PM, Jun 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-25 17:48:29-04

QUEENS (PIX 11)-  Forest Park Carousel is now a landmark in New York City.

After being closed down for a few years, the amusement park ride, with it’s 100-year-old, ornately hand-carved  horses, has reopened. On Tuesday, the carousel was voted a New York City landmark by The Landmarks Preservation Commission.

“The Forest Park Carousel means so much to countless residents in Woodhaven and across the city.  This designation is long overdue, but now that it’s here, we’re thrilled,” said Ed Wendell President of Woodhaven Residence Block Association.

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The carousel’s frame was built in 1890 by William H. Dentzel’s company. The horses were later carved in 1903 by Daniel Muller, of D.C Muller and Brothers Daniel Muller, of D.C and is the last of their two carousels that are still intact and running.

This historic ride caught on fire in 1966, and was moved from Massachusetts to Queens in 1973. In 2009 the carousel closed during a change in ownership, but finally reopened in May of 2012.