Officially dubbed the Prospect Park Alliance Carousel, this is a historic spot several times over. These intricate and elegant life-sized wooden animals date back to 1912, when renowned local carousel designer Charles Carmel was inspired by the actual horses prancing in Prospect Park. Especially popular in the 1950s, the childhood oasis then fell into disrepair like so many other landmarks in New York. But after decades of
bad luck for Brooklyn’s economy and community, a group of ambitious
fundraisers, urban planners, and concerned neighbors chose this as the site of
the first major Prospect Park renovation project in 1990.
These 53 horses and their lion, giraffe, and dragon friends accept riders spring through fall, every Thursday to Sunday.