The famous carousel is prepared to amuse visitors, including a new generation eager to experience its enchantment. From 12:30 to 3 p.m., visitors can enjoy a ride on Nunley's Carousel. Friday-Sunday. Tickets cost $4 per ride, or $40 for a 10-ride pass. On Museum Row, right next to the Long Island Children's Museum, you'll find a stunning glass pavilion housing the carousel.
The Stein and Goldstein Artistic Carousell Co. of Brooklyn, New York, built Nunley's Carousel in 1912. For 26 years, park-goers in Canarsie, Brooklyn could ride "Murphy's" carousel at Golden City Park, also known as the carousel. It reopened as Nunley's Carousel in Baldwin, New York, in the spring of 1940. When Nunley's Carousel and Amusements in Baldwin finally shut down in 1995, after three generations of riders had enjoyed it, Nassau County bought it. In 2009, Nunley's moved into its current location on Museum Row.
Nassau County bought a carousel and put it in a hangar at Mitchel Field, very near to the Cradle of Aviation Museum. For almost a decade, the carousel was left to gather dust in obscurity. Some of the Victorian paintings on the carousel's panels had faded beyond recognition, and the hand-carved horses were covered in layers upon layers of chipped and cracked paint. Many of the horses had had their once-luxurious horsehair tails shaved down to stumps, and others had had them clumsily replaced with bits of black shag rug.
Nonetheless, there remained intense and universal love for the carousel. For instance, Long Island native Billy Joel paid tribute to his childhood favourite amusement park by composing "Waltz #1 (Nunley's Carousel)" (2001).
Pieces of the Carousel were removed from Museum Row at Mitchel Field in August 2007 by two trucks from Carousel Works in Ohio, the largest producer of wooden merry-go-rounds in the world, for repair at the company's headquarters in Mansfield, Ohio. The Long Island Children's Museum and the Cradle of Aviation Museum have a new plaza where the carousel, after being renovated, was brought back in the fall of 2008.
Located on Museum Row in Garden City, Nunley's Carousel features dozens of hand-painted wooden panels, forty-one horses, two seated chariots, a stationary lion, the original Wurlitzer calliope, and a wooden arm stuffed with silver and brass rings that reaches out towards the carousel so that passing riders can grab them. A free trip on the carousel is up for grabs if a customer can snag a brass ring. The Nunley Carousel is also available for private occasions like birthday celebrations.