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Century-Old Forest Park Carousel Designated NYC Landmark

Queens Ride Is City's First Carousel To Get Designation
Forest Park Carousel (credit: Forest Park Carousel website)

Forest Park Carousel (credit: Forest Park Carousel website)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A 1910 carousel featuring 46 hand-carved horses, a lion, tiger and deer has been declared a New York City landmark.

The Forest Park Carousel in Woodhaven, Queens, is the city’s first carousel to get the designation.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved it Tuesday.

The two-tiered, three-row carousel was manufactured by the celebrated Philadelphia carousel maker D.C. Muller & Brother.

It was originally made for Lakeview Park in Dracut, Mass.

The carousel began operating in the 500-acre Forest Park in 1973. It also has an ornate band organ manufactured by the A. Ruth & Sohn Organ Company in Waldkirch, Germany.

It’s one of two D.C. Muller carousels still in use in the USA. The other is the 1912 Midway Carousel in the Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio.

The carousel closed in 2009, but reopened at the start of summer 2012.

Also on the LPC’s agenda on Tuesday were the Steinway piano showroom on West 57th Street, Jamaica High School and the St. Louis Hotel now known as the Hotel Grand Union.

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