Come Meet the First Restored Horse!
Saturday, May 5th & Sunday, May 6th 12 noon-4 pm
Hosted by the Coney Island History Project
Special Event Features Photo Exhibit and a Contest to Name the First Horse
Please vote today and every day till May 21 at Partners in Preservation, http://partnersinpreservation.com/ to help Coney Island’s historic carousel win a grant!
On the first weekend of May, the Coney Island History Project will host the “B & B Carousell Open House” in cooperation with the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Come meet and get your photo taken with the first restored horse from Coney Island’s beloved Bishoff and Brienstein Carousell! Acquired by the City in 2005, Coney Island’s historic B & B Carousell is being restored by Carousels & Carvings in Ohio. Photos and film of the restoration process will be on view at this very special event.
Charles Denson’s photos of the historic 1919 carousel in operation will also be on display along with archival images from the Coney Island History Project.
Visitors to the open house will be able to submit their vote to name this first “reborn” horse! The winner will be announced soon after the event.
The entire carousel will return home in 2013 to a new pavilion next to the Parachute Jump in Steeplechase Plaza, which is currently under construction. Architectural renderings will be on view at the open house.
“Dozens of carousels have left Coney Island forever but the B & B Carousell is the only one to actually leave and come back,” said Charles Denson, director of the Coney Island History Project. “The city should be commended for restoring and returning this magnificent icon to its former home so that a new generation can enjoy its kinetic beauty and craftsmanship. The Coney Island History Project is proud to host this event.”
The B & B Carousell Open House will be held on May 5 and 6, Saturday and Sunday, from 12 noon till 4:00 pm. Admission is free of charge. The Coney Island History Project’s exhibition center is located at 3059 W 12th Street at the entrance to Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, just a few steps off the Boardwalk. Our regular exhibition season is from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. The exhibit center is also open year-round for special events, walking tours and by appointment for schools and groups. For additional information visit our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.