The neighborhood of DUMBO, in Brooklyn, is home to a vibrant arts and culture scene. One of the highlights of the neighborhood is Jane’s Carousel, located in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Jane Walentas – who spent 27 years restoring the carousel and is its namesake – talks about the carousel’s journey from its original home in Youngstown, Ohio to its current residence next to the East River.

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BACK IN THE EARLY '80s, M HUSBAND HAD A MASTER PLANNER.n IT WAS BEN'S IDEA TO HAVE & CAROUSEL.n THIS WAS NOTHING HERE.

IT WAS PRETTY MUCH A DESOLATEU NEIGHBORHOOD.n I WAS AN ARTIST, AN ARTD DIRECTOR.n I WORKED AT ESTEE LAUDER AT THEU TIME.n BEN AND MY HUSBAND GAVE ME THE TASK OF FINDING A CAROUSEL.n IT WAS IN 1984, YOUNGSTOWN,L OHIO.n IT WAS IN A VERY BELOVED PARK; BEING SOLD FOR DEVELOPMENT.n THEY AUCTIONED THE WHOLE PARK.

THE CAROUSEL WAS KIND OF THE CROWN JEWEL.

IT WAS IN FAIRLY GOOD CONDITION.

AND IT WAS ALL ORIGINAL TO 1922.

WE DIDN'T THINK WE HAD A CHANCE.

AND THEN WE WERE THE ONLY BID.

AND IT WAS LIKE, HOLY COW, NOW WHAT DO WE DO?

I SPENT YEARS RESTORING IT.n I WANTED TO BRING IT ALL BACK TO THE 1922 PALATE.

IT HAD LIKE TEN COATS OF PAINT ON IT.

THE WAY TO DO IT WAS TO USEU RAZOR BLADES AND SCRAPE IT ALL OFF.

I WOULD DOCUMENT IT WITH VER CAREFUL DRAWINGS AND COLOR MATCHES.

WHEN WE REPAINTED, WE MIXED ALLL THOSE COLORS.n IT'S VERY MUCH WHAT IT WAS THEN.

EXCEPT FOR THE GILDING.n I TOOK ARTIST'S LICENSE WITH THE GILDING.

WHEN I FIRST STARTED RESTORING THE LEAF ON IT IN ALUMINUM, THOUGHT IT LOOKED AWFUL.

SO I DECIDED, TOO BAD, I'M USING GOLD LEAF.

AND I DID.

IT WAS EXCITING.

IT WAS LIKE A LITTLE SANTA'S WORKSHOP, WHEN PEOPLE WALKED IN, GASPED, 48 HORSES ALL LINED UP.n I THINK IT WAS 27 YEARS THAT I WORKED ON IT.n WE BOUGHT IT IN '84 AND IT OPENED IN THE PARK IN 2011.n WHEN THE CAROUSEL BUILDING WAS DESIGNED, IT WAS TEN FEET ABOVEU THE 100-YEAR FLOODPLAIN.

SO WE THOUGHT THAT WAS FINE.

AND THEN SANDY WAS COMING.

IT WAS HORRIFYING.

LOWER MANHATTAN LOST POWER.n AND THE REST OF BROOKLYN LOSTD POWER.

AND WE HAVE L.E.D. LIGHTS THAT SURROUND THE CAROUSEL ANDD SOMEHOW THEY STAYED ON.n AND IT LOOKED LIKE THE CAROUSELL WAS BEING WASHED OUT TO SEA.

GOT UP EARLY IN THE MORNING, AND BY THEN THE RIVER HAD RECEDED.

WE WENT OVER THERE.n THE CAROUSEL LOOKED FINE.n AND IT WAS FINE.

WE OPENED TWO WEEKS AFTER SANDY.

WE BROUGHT IN, YOU KNOW, ELECTRIC HEATERS.n IT WAS REALLY APRIL BEFORE WEU WERE FULLY OPERATIONAL.n THE CAROUSEL WAS A CLASSIC THREE-ROW MACHINE, THEY CALLED THEM.n IT'S 48 HOURS.

IT'S KIND OF A HIERARCHY TO THEU HORSES.n THE OUTSIDE ROWERS STAND, THEY DON'T GO UP AND DOWN.n THEY'RE QUITE HUGE, ACTUALLY.n AND THEY'RE MOST DECORATIVEL CARVED.n THE NEXT ROW ARE JUMPERS.n THEY GO UP AND DOWN.

THEY'RE A LITTLE SMALLER.n AND THEY'RE NOT QUITE AS DECORATIVELY CARVED.

A LOT OF THEM HAVE SOME HAND PAINTING ON THE SADDLE BLANKET TO MAKE UP FOR THE CARVING.n AND THEN THE INNER ROW ARE PONIES.n THEY'RE ACTUALLY QUITE SMALL.n AND ADORABLE, REALLY.n THOSE WERE DESIGNED FOR LITTLE TODDLERS.n THE OUTSIDE OF HORSES, AND THIS3 IS TYPICAL OF ALL CAROUSELS, IS3 CALLED THE ROMANCE SIDE, BECAUSE THAT'S THE MOST HEAVILY CARVED.n THAT'S WHERE ALL THE JEWELS ARE, AND THE INSIDE NOBODY REALLY SEES.n THEY'RE FLATTER.

THEY'RE NOT ALL BEAUTIFULL CARVED.n THE CAROUSELS HAD WELL OVER & MILLION RIDERS.n SO IT'S VERY LOVED.n THERE'S A ROMANTIC NOTION ABOUTD A CAROUSEL.n THERE'S SOME FANTASY ABOUT THEM.

JUST A VERY NOSTALGIC THING.

I ENJOY THAT LITTLE KIDS STILL LOVE IT, EVEN INFANTS WILL RESPOND TO THE LIGHTS AND THEU MUSIC.

LUCKY ME, PEOPLE STILL LOVEU THEM.n ♪♪