1910 carousel in Queens gets landmark status

NEW YORK — New York City is home to many landmarks, from the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building to churches and theaters. Now, a 1910 carousel hidden away in the woods in Woodhaven, Queens, has joined their ranks.

The Forest Park Carousel, featuring a colorful menagerie of 46 hand-carved horses, as well as a lion, tiger and deer, was unanimously declared a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday.

Commission Chairman Robert Tierney said that the carousel had special character and is “beautifully created.”

The brightly-painted amusement ride features two tiers and three different rows of animals and chariots, and also has an ornate band organ manufactured by the A. Ruth & Sohn Organ Company in Waldkirch, Germany. It was created by celebrated Philadelphia carousel maker D.C. Muller & Brother and is one of only two D.C. Muller carousels left in the entire country — the other is the 1912 Midway Carousel in the Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio.

The Forest Park Carousel was originally made for Lakeview Park in Dracut, Mass., and was restored and moved to the 500-acre Forest Park in 1973. It has run into trouble with operators over the years but opened again to the public in 2012.

“Even when I was a young boy, I knew the carousel was special,” said Alex Blenkinsopp, communications director for the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association. “The carousel is here to stay, and we couldn’t be happier.”

The Forest Park Carousel is the first in the city to become an individual landmark in its own right. It is one of six operating carousels in the city’s five boroughs, and one of three amusement rides to be named New York City landmarks: the other two are the Wonder Wheel and Cyclone in Coney Island.

Exhibit documents JFK’s last days on cape

HYANNIS, Mass. — A new museum exhibit tells the story of President John F. Kennedy’s last visits to Cape Cod in the months before his assassination.

Officials at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum say the exhibit includes videos, photos and news clips that look back on the final days of the president’s administration through a Cape Cod lens.

Museum Development Director John Allen says visitors will see images including JFK swimming with his children and the president kissing his father’s head on the family porch.

He says the exhibit also strives to capture the family’s grief after the death of the president and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s newborn son, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, in August 1963.

The exhibit also explores how JFK’s assassination in November 1963 affected people on the Cape.

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Zoo resumes train rides 4 years after accident

— The Louisville Zoo has resumed train rides for patrons four years after a derailment injured 22 people.

Zoo spokesman Kyle Shepherd told The Courier-Journal that the two new trains began running on Tuesday and for the first few days patrons can ride for free. He said the zoo would begin charging a regular fare of $3.50 per person soon.

The train rides are the first since the derailment sent 17 children and five adults to hospitals, some with serious injuries.

Zoo director John Walczak said the most frequent question he has fielded is when train rides would resume. He said the zoo spent more than $1 million to get the new trains up and running. Several new workers who have been extensively trained were hired to accommodate the service.

Associated Press