In Digest 980630, Steve Matta asked whether there really is a carousel
in Central Park. Yes, it exists and operates!
I quote from the 1998 Carousel Census, available at
"NYC, Manhattan - Central Park, Stein & Goldstein, 1908,
4 row, Park, 52 jumpers, 5 standers, 2 chariots;
Ruth & Sohn model 33, conv. to Wurlitzer 150 rolls;
3rd or 4th carousel on site (1st-1872). Dedicated
July 2, 1952. Building gifted by Michael Friedsam
C. B. Altman's); History: Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY,
1908 to 1951; this location: 1951 to present.
Directions: Enter park at 59th St. & 6th Ave. Carousel
is approx. 5 blocks on left of the street.
Open 10:30 AM - 5 PM weekdays; 10:30 AM - 6 PM weekends."
The census lists 1 carousel in Manhattan, 1 in Staten Island, 2 in
Brooklyn and 2 in Queens. It neglects to mention a brand-new carousel
put into service in Manhattan just this April.
I believe that carousel uses no mechanical music. It is hand-made
(fiberglass figures) from drawings made by school children. It does
not use any mechanical music. There is apparently one more carousel
in storage somewhere in Brooklyn!
I don't care for some of the music they play on the Central Park
Carousel, though -- "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" played on a band organ just
doesn't cut it for me.
By the way, that same carousel appeared in David Mamet's new (1998)
film, The Spanish Prisoner. The credits list a Play-Rite roll, but at
the moment I forget which one.
You should all come visit New York -- you'd be surprised what you find
New York, New York (The city so nice, they named it twice!)