Resolution J251-2013

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Prospect Park Carousel



  • Jan 24, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 18, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Pros-
pect Park Carousel

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to support the preser-
vation and commemoration  of  historical  landmarks  which  express  and
preserve  the  social  and  cultural  origins of this great State of New
York; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 100th Anniversary of the Prospect Park Carousel, to  be  cele-
brated  at  the Prospect Park Anniversary Ball on Saturday, November 10,
2012; and
  WHEREAS, A series of carousels has attracted visitors to Prospect Park
since 1874; and
  WHEREAS, The first carousel was located in the area known today as the
Rose Garden; in 1885 it was moved to the picnic area on the west side of
the Long Meadow; and
  WHEREAS, The original carousel and its successor burned  down  and  in
1952  the  current incarnation, sporting horses by master carver Charles
Carmel, was moved from Coney Island to its present spot near the Willink
Entrance; and
  WHEREAS, Of the 6,000  carousels  constructed  in  the  United  States
during  the golden age of carnivals in the early part of the 20th centu-
ry, only 200 remain intact; the Prospect Park Carousel is one  of  them;
  WHEREAS,  The  Prospect  Park Carousel's artfully crafted animals were
carved in 1912 by Charles Carmel, who trained in Coney Island under  the
most renowned carousel artists of the time; and
  WHEREAS,  With  a shop located on Ocean Parkway near the Prospect Park
Horse Stables, Charles Carmel's frequent observance of the local  horses
contributed to the lifelike quality of his artwork; and
  WHEREAS,  Charles  Carmel's imaginative rendering of a running horse's
spirited expression and flowing mane, accompanied by flamboyant  tassels
and feathers, became the standard for carousel design; and
  WHEREAS,  One  of  only  twelve  remaining Charles Carmel designs, the
Carousel was moved from its original Coney Island home  to  its  current
location in 1952; and
  WHEREAS, The Prospect Park Carousel was closed in 1983, due to mechan-
ical problems and severe deterioration; and
  WHEREAS, In 1987, the Prospect Park Alliance was founded with the goal
of  restoring and preserving the Park and all its features; as its first
project, the Alliance raised funds for the renovation of  the  Carousel;
  WHEREAS,  The  original radiance of the Carousel's colors was restored
by nationally known carousel artist and conservator  Will  Morton  VIII;
broken  parts  were fixed, new parts were carved, and 20 layers of paint
were removed to reveal the original colors; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, two historic paintings  were  uncovered  on  the
Wurlitzer  Band  Organ,  which  was  also  repaired; sixty renderings of
Brooklyn and Prospect Park were added, done by Morton and based  on  old
photographs and a mermaid statue found in Coney Island; and
  WHEREAS,  Ornamented  with  brass  and 1,000 lights, the Prospect Park
Carousel returned to its former glory in October of 1990; and
  WHEREAS, In 2001, the Carousel received a new roof and  other  repairs
with funds raised by the Alliance through the 2000 Carousel Ball; and
  WHEREAS,  In  recognition of the Prospect Park Carousel's rich history
and enduring contribution to the heritage of the State of New  York,  it

is the intent of this Legislative Body to join in the celebration of its
100th Anniversary, recognizing the unique significance which its history
plays  in  the  progression  of  our  State and Nation's evolution; now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Prospect Park Carousel; and  be
it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Prospect Park Alliance.


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