Video: A Day at Brooklyn Local

Karl Junkersfeld checked out today’s Brooklyn Local event in DUMBO. Watch his video report after the jump. Also, read Alexandra Bowie’s report over at the Brooklyn Bugle.

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    An explanation to each neighbor and visitor from around the world who comes to DUMBO’s New York State Park and sees “Jane’s Carousel.”:
    Off with your cap and tug your forelock in a slight bow for Squire David and his Lady Jane. They wanted to pretty up the place with a great big doodad of hers. Oh, he is so proud of her. Look at that tall, shiny, stately billboard with all their fine achievements recorded forever for everyone to see. True, the language doesn’t sing but it sure tells a romantic story.
    Why, we gladly gave up our rights to anything the Squire wanted.. After all, he is the Squire of the Land. Hey, it’s hard to miss it. It says right on the billboard that he was officially designated big kahuna of the area a long time ago. All the Squire asked for is little piece of our public park birthright. We’ll gladly sell that out for a mess of his delicious pottage.
    So now we have a two-story high, modern aluminum and glass packing crate surrounding Jane’s fancy doodad. An old, big tree is gone along with its once peaceful, subtle and natural landscaping. The walks and the grass are scaled down and it all centers on the shiny new doodad.
    Well, what this? Some small-minded carping that the view of Roebling’s masterwork is no longer a clearly dominant feature and reason for the park? Heck, it’s only half the view. But, what value is that compared to the Squire’s mostly paid for, fancy, super-duper doodad? Many would say, we got it real cheap. So let’s all be sure to say, “Thank you, Squire.”

  • Elizabeth I

    the carousel is lit like a shopping mall at night–they really have to figure out some poetic lighting arrangement. It makes a bad situation worse. And the horses are actually very badly painted. No finesse, no lovely details. Looks like a house painter restored these poor old horses…I agree with martinlbrooklyn–this was a quiet site, that offset the drama of the location very well. Nothing can compete with the bridges and the river–this is a hideous addition to the beautiful park and ruins the view of the bridge.

    And I feel bad for all the kids who live in the nearby projects…$2.00 a ride? I don’t think any poor children (and there are many in Brooklyn) will be enjoying this carousel soon. Tragic that it was allowed on public land. Something as innocent as a merry go round now becomes a symbol of excess and oppression and the rising gap between rich and poor, privilege and powerlessness..

    I didn’t think I could ever hate a merry go round…I actually love merry go rounds. But this is the wrong one in the wrong spot at the wrong price.

  • Livingston

    I guess after the BHA fiasco, they figured they better use the Tobacco Warehouse for at least one event that was open to the public. Looks like a fun, successful program, but that tent looks seriously tacky!

  • yoohoo

    Friday night, Jean Nouvel’s creation looked like a glass vitrine in a museum. Passing by Saturday afternoon, all hourses were occupied (but not the carriage) and I counted exactly seven very quiet children riding the carousel, the rest were loud adults who were having their photos taken. No surprise here with the $2 tab. The less said about the polished stainless-steel billboard (as Martin calls it), the better.