6. Forest Park Carousel

Forest Park Carousel

Not only is the carousel at Forest Park landmarked, but numerous accompanying structures are as well, including the ticket booth, band organ, and of course, the carved wood figures. All of the figures, except for three, were made between 1903 and 1910 by D. C. Muller & Brother, a firm noted for their “expressive anatomical detail and unusual attention to military fittings,” contends the landmark designation report. There are 46 horses, three menagerie animals, and two chariots with benches on the carousel.

This landmark carousel was previously installed in Lakeview, an amusement park in Massachusetts. It was moved to Forest Park, the third largest park in Queens, and opened to the public in 1973. The original carousel which stood in the park in the early 1900s was believed to have been crafted by William Dentzel (son of successful German carousel maker Gustav Dentzel) in 1916. It was destroyed by a fire on December 10, 1966.