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.