“B&B Carousell has been a staple of Coney Island since the 1930’s and shaped much of the history of the amusement park,” wrote Gillibrand. “I am pushing for this important designation because B&B Carousell is a staple in the community and has stood the test of time.”
If the carousel is placed on the national register, it would open it up to federal tax credits and other resources that would support its future preservation.
The B&B Carousell was originally constructed in 1906 and has been in multiple locations since its construction. In 1936, the iconic ride moved from New Jersey to Coney Island, where it remained until it was shipped to Marion, Ohio, for restoration in 2008 and reopened to Coney Island visitors in 2013.
Gillibrand outlined some of the specific features that make the carousel historically important.
“A masterpiece by pioneers of the Coney Island style of carving, the B&B features one of four rare horses by artist Marcus Illion,” she explained. “This horse was added to the carousel in 1909 to commemorate the centennial of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth.
“Further celebrations of American iconography can be found on the carousel’s rounding boards in the form of bald eagles, presidential portraits, the American flag, and the Statue of Liberty,” she added. “These were painted by renowned artist August Wolfinger, who was known as the 'Michelangelo of the Midway.'”