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Presenting our borough’s newest landmark

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:11 am, Thu Nov 7, 2013.

Three years after the attraction was shuttered behind a fence with an uncertain and shaky future, the Forest Park Carousel is now a busy city landmark.

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission gave its approval to the landmarking of the 110-year-old merry-go-round in June and the City Council later certified its status.

In 2009, the carousel closed for two years when the city’s contract with its previous operator lapsed. While it was shuttered, community leaders feared it was doomed to demolition before the city found a new operator and the amusement reopened in 2012.

Joining area children at the unveiling of the landmarking plaque on Monday are LPC Chairman Robert Tierney, left; Maria Thomson, executive director of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation; New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation Chairwoman Christina Davis; Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley; City Comptroller John Liu; Democratic borough president candidate Melinda Katz; and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr.

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