carousel building

I have several points to make today. Enter the numbered list:

1. On the left (below) is an exterior shot taken at the same time as the photo featured above. Compare to the photo I took of this building back in January:

exterior carousel building January 5, 2008

This is super-exciting, because–you’ll note–this closed-to-the-public-for-20-years carousel IS OPEN. No fences, no doors, no broken glass, no debris, and lights that work! Plus you can see the grooves in the floor where the carousel used to be, which is just awesome.

When I originally posted this in January, I was encouraged to break and enter to obtain photographs. But look–if you’re patient, you can do these sorts of things LEGALLY. Yippee.

2. For a full history of the carousel building, visit my original post on the matter. For the abbreviated version– the Asbury Park carousel building (along with the Casino) was designed by Warren Whitney (one of the guys who designed Grand Central Station); the carousel was installed in 1923; it closed sometime in the late ’80s (I think) for economic reasons, and the carousel itself can currently be found in Family Kingdom in North Carolina.

3. There was supposed to be a farmer’s market in this building today. There wasn’t. There were four vendors (1-flowers, 2-veggies, 3-coffee, 4-pasta) in the Casino next door, NOT in the carousel building. I got up early this morning to enjoy the pleasures of this well-publicized “farmer’s market in the carousel building,” and I was most disappointed. And from the snippets of about 7 other conversations that I caught, I was NOT ALONE. Of course, this means that the next time Asbury Park actually wants to have a farmer’s market in the carousel building, we shoppers will all be damned if we bother to show up again.

4. I may make this into an Asbury Park feature week–I have lots of photos and I’m slightly obsessed with it at the moment. Be prepared!