4. Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Teo Yoo and Greta Lee in front of a carousel
(L-R) Teo Yoo, Greta Lee Credit: Courtesy of A24

After the two friends reunite, Hae Sung and Nora walk through Brooklyn Bridge Park along the East River. As the two catch up on their adult lives, the beautiful scenery of the Brooklyn Bridge is displayed behind them. But the moment sours as the two slowly recognize the culture shock between them. After, Hae Sung and Nora settle down on the steps in front of a kid’s carousel. The innocent, childish tune of the carousel music plays behind them as tension builds. The merry-go-round adds a childlike element to the scene that ironically mirrors Hae Sung and Nora’s childhood which seems like a lifetime ago. But this carousel isn’t just any carousel: it’s the iconic Jane’s Carousel.

The classic 3-row ride is full of 48 carved horses and 2 chariots. It was built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. Originally installed in Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio, Jane’s Carousel was named the Idora Park Merry-Go-Round; that was before it was purchased by Jane and David Walentas at an auction in 1984. The carousel was then refurbished- while maintaining its antique charm- and re-named. Housed in a beautiful glass pavilion, the historic venue overlooks the East River and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Birthday parties and other events are held at Jane’s Carousel.