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Coney Island’s B&B Carousell placed on National Register of Historic Places

March 8, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Coney Island’s B&B Carousell. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday announced that the B&B Carousell was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places. The B&B Carousell has a history spanning more than 110 years, spending 84 years on Coney Island. The official designation expands opportunities for federal historic tax credits and other resources to support future preservation and development initiatives. 

“B&B Carousell has proven to be a staple of Coney Island since the 1930s and shaped much of the history of the amusement park,” said Gillibrand. “I pushed for this designation because B&B Carousell has stood the test of time and deserves the distinction of being listed on the register.”

In January, Gillibrand wrote to the National Register of Historic Places explaining that although the current location is new, the current site at the old Steeplechase Park grounds is still historically symbolic and appropriate. Steeplechase Park, being the first and longest lasting amusement park on Coney Island, currently houses the last operating carousel on Coney Island today.

“This designation is another national highlight of New York’s rich history and will help ensure that B&B Carousell remains a treasured site for future generations to enjoy and experience,” said Gillibrand.

Constructed in 1906, the carousel has had multiple locations since its construction. Upon its completion, the carousel was first located in New Jersey until moving to Coney Island in 1932. It remained at the site until 2005, when it was acquired by the City of New York.

After being temporarily stored in the Brooklyn Army Terminal, the carousel was shipped to Marion, Ohio, for restoration in 2008 and reopened to the public in 2013. The carousel is now part of the new Steeplechase Plaza, which occupies the site of the historic Steeplechase Amusement Park which had operated from 1897 to 1964.

U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries praised Gillibrand’s efforts, noting that “For more than 80 years, the B&B Carousell has provided unbridled joy to millions of families across New York City.” 

“Coney Island is ‘The People’s Playground,’ and it earned that nickname due in large part to the B&B Carousell,” said Carlo A. Scissura, president and CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “Countless New Yorkers have visited and been thrilled by the B&B Carousell for over 80 years, and I am so glad that it is rightfully receiving this historic designation.”

 

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