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Historic Queens Carousel Re-Opens Just In Time For Summer

Credit NYC Parks Department

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NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) – After a five-year hiatus a carousel in Queens re-opened on Saturday. The historic Forest Park Carousel is over a century old and is back with newly polished floors and clear lightbulbs.

The carousel debuted in Massachusetts in 1903, but has been closed to the public since 2008. It contains 49 horses, two chariots, a lion, a tiger, and a deer.

1010 WINS reporter Gary Baumgarten spoke with visitors at Forest Park who were excited, and ready to take a ride.

1010 WINS reporter Gary Baumgarten spoke with riders…

Erma from Bay Hill said that she used to ride the carousel as a young girl and was there to take a spin with her daughter, and her grandchildren.

Another carousel is also opening at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Both carousels will be open from 11 a.m. until sunset every weekend until late june, after that they will be open daily through Labor Day.

If there are memories of the Forest Park Carousel that you would like to share, you may leave them in our comments section below…