Experience One of America's Iconic Carousels in 360-Degree Video


If you ever find yourself in New York City's Brooklyn Bridge Park, there are plenty of hidden gems worth exploring. Take Jane’s Carousel: the multi-million dollar merry-go-round represents a piece of American history, and now you don’t have to make the trip to the Big Apple to take it for a ride.

Gizmodo recently set up a 360-degree camera rig on the carousel to capture the iconic landmark from a rider’s perspective. In the video above, you can shift the camera around to experience the carousel’s stunning craftsmanship, as well as views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline from all angles.

Jane’s Carousel was originally built in 1922, but it didn’t end up in its current home in New York City until 2011. After a fire destroyed part of the ride's original theme park in Ohio in 1984, it was auctioned off to DUMBO development mogul David Walentas and his wife Jane that same year. The couple spent $15 million dollars and 27 years restoring the merry-go-round before finally donating it to Brooklyn Bridge Park, where it now resides in a $9 million glass pavilion.

If the 360-degree experience inspires you to make a pilgrimage to the real thing, Jane’s Carousel is open on select days year-round.

[h/t Sploid]

All images courtesy of Gizmodo via YouTube.

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