by Anna Gustafson
Children, and those young at heart, were happy to spend much of Memorial Day weekend at the newly opened Forest Park carousel.
The ride, which opened to the public last week after being shuttered in 2008, includes two handcarved chariots, a lion, a tiger, a deer and 49 horses, done by master wood-carver Daniel Carl Muller.
Everyone from small babies to residents who have lived in Woodhaven for many decades — and can recall taking a spin on a merry-go-round in Forest Park years ago — came out to the site over the weekend. NY Carousel Entertainment, which operates the ride, brought a clown to entertain children after they tired of taking spins on the historic merry-go-round.
Many of those who went to see the carousel last weekend said they were thrilled to see the community mainstay open once again.
The Forest Park merry-go-round is one of the last two remaining Daniel Carl Muller handcrafted carousels. The 1903 ride includes two handcarved chariots, a lion, a tiger, a deer and 49 horses.
A sign on Woodhaven Boulevard ushers the public to the newly opened ride.
Jeffery Keiser, 6, gives Muggsy the Clown a high-five on Memorial Day.
Jason Guzman is a ticket-taker at the newly opened Forest Park carousel.
Edmond Blake took a ride on the carousel with his dog, Bunny.
Tyler Hawkins, 15, and James Maxham, 18, friends for five years, were excited to go on the carousel.
Giacomo Colombo, 9 months, takes a ride with a helping hand.
Bellamarisa Childs, 3, left, and her brother Drahveid, 4, watch Muggsy the Clown perform in one of two shows on Memorial Day at the carousel.