This past weekend, Coney Island welcomed back the first of the B&B Carousell horses from Carousells and Carvings, Inc. in Ohio where the ride is being meticulously restored. The horse, now named Ravishing Ruby, was on display at the Coney Island History Project where some visitors regaled their favorite Carousell memories while others were introduced to the Carousell for the first time. The open house showcased the progress of the restoration and also gave fans the opportunity to cast their vote for the B&B Carousell to receive funding from Partners in Preservation.
The Carousell is slated to return to Coney Island in 2013 and will be housed in a brand new pavilion (Steeplechase Plaza) on the boardwalk. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and the Coney Island greeters who helped spread the word, as well as the Coney Island History Project for hosting the open house! Below are select images from Open House weekend, however if you'd like to see more pictures of this event, please visit Coney Island's Facebook page.