The Central Park Carousel and its Rambunctious Steeds
I’s not that difficult to imagine the horses at the Central Park carousel springing to life!
The present carousel (this is the fourth iteration of the carousel in the history of the park) was made in 1908 by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein and is one of the finest examples of American folk art in existence.
It was discovered abandoned and in sad disrepair in an old trolley terminal on Coney Island before being restored by the Parks Department to its present-day glory.
There are 57 horses and, as you can see, they are a rambunctious lot.
The chariot drawn by a swan was something I made up (it actually existed in an earlier carousel) when I wrote Central Park Story Book One.