Thursday, February 23, 2012

Forest Park ponies will ride again

From the Daily News:

Both historic carousels in Queens will be spinning again by the spring, city parks officials promised Tuesday.

The city is close to sealing a deal with a concessionaire to operate the Forest Park Carousel and the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Carousel.

“We received responsive proposals and will have more information once a proposal has been selected,” the agency told the Daily News in a statement. “We expect to have an operator in place to open the carousel this spring/summer season.”

The news was hailed by historians and civic leaders who have been fighting to get the city to reopen the Forest Park Carousel, a hand-carved wooden treasure.

The city has searched in vain for an operator since the 100-year-old amusement was shuttered at the end of 2008.

Valerio Ferrari, president of Central Amusement International LLC, showed up for a site visit for prospective bidders last month.

Insiders said the company, which created Luna Park at Coney Island and Victorian Gardens at the Wollman Rink in Central Park, is the odds-on favorite to get the concession.


Anonymous said...

It's funny, though...
do you notice how the merry-go-round of corruption never ever grinds to a halt at city hall.

That's because its gears are always kept well oiled by NYC's real estate building industry money!

A little man with an oil can visits every council member's district office on a scheduled basis.

Who's your council member and how much "oil" is applied to his (or her) "gears"?

Anonymous said...

Hip hip hooray ! Great news for kids and parents...

Anonymous said...

nice, my kids love the one under the Brooklyn Bridge, let the Queens kids ride!