From the Queens Chronicle:
Nobody will be taking a spin on the Forest Park carousel any time soon, the city Parks Department acknowledged this week.
Despite the city’s most recent attempt to find an operator for the ride, it found no company suitable to care for the merry-go-round that was built in 1903 and has some of the last surviving creations of master wood carver Daniel Carl Muller — including 49 sculpted horses, a lion, a tiger, a deer and two chariots. There is also a carousel band organ.
“No viable proposals were received by Parks for the most recent [request for proposal] for the Forest Park carousel,” Trish Bertuccio, senior press officer for the Parks Department, wrote in an email. “However, Parks intends to re-release the RFP and will conduct extensive outreach to find a suitable proposer.”
One of only five carousels in the city, the Forest Park ride was operated by New York One until 2008, when the company let its contract lapse. The city has since issued three RFPs, with the final one going out in mid-April.
No one submitted proposals for the city’s first two RFPs, though officials said they did receive answers to applications after the most recent one.
Bertuccio said Parks does not have a set date for when it will release a fourth RFP.