by nycgo.com staff, 09/09/2014
Jane's Carousel. Photo: Julienne Schaer
Just For Kids
No child's visit to DUMBO would be complete without a visit to Jane's Carousel, a 1922 merry-go-round that was moved from Ohio and painstakingly restored. Its 48 horses prance near the East River year-round, protected from the elements by a jewel-box structure designed by architect Jean Nouvel. Rides are just $2. And while New York City may not have designated an official flagship playground, the sprawling campus of climbing, sliding, swinging, digging and splashing areas at nearby Pier 6 in Brooklyn Heights would easily make the shortlist. Sections are devoted to specific types of play: Swing Valley, for example, has traditional two-chain swings to accommodate younger riders, as well as free-whirling single-chain swings for older ones. Sandbox Village, meanwhile, is among the city's largest—and most awesome—sandboxes, with a log train to clamber on and small houses in which to hide. Slide Mountain has a two-story tall slide (don't worry; the incline isn't too steep), and the Waterlab is a rock-filled wonderland dotted with jet sprayers, waterways and various water-driven mechanisms.