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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Jane’s Carousel in DUMBO

On a rainy, late summer afternoon in DUMBO, a crowd of politicians, city and state employees, dignitaries, philanthropists, and dedicated New Yorkers gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Jane’s Carousel, the long time dream of Jane Walentas and her husband David. With many of the people involved in the project on site, this opening party debuted one of the most incredible carousel restorations in the country, housed in the Jean Nouvel designed pavilion in Brooklyn Bridge Park. A spectacular addition to the Brooklyn waterfront and a generous gift from the Walentas family for future generations of New Yorkers to enjoy.

Restored carousel in DUMBO

Philanthropist Joan K. Davidson of the Kaplan Foundation

Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz

James Capalino and Jed Walentas


Mayor Bloomberg

Jane and David Walentas

Opening remarks by Mayor Bloomberg

Mayor Bloomberg


Speaker Christine Quinn and Mayor Bloomberg

Ribbon Cutting officially opening the carousel

First riders enjoying the restored carousel

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz taking the first ride on the carousel


Jane Walentas taking the first ride on her dream carousel

Jim Capalino and Jane Walentas after the opening

Jim Capalino with architect Jean Nouvel

Mayor Bloomberg


The Wall Street Journal Article

Jane’s Carousel Website

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