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January 24th 2021
Published: January 24th 2021
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17th January

Dumbo District & Brooklyn Bridge

Dumbo, a neighborhood whose name is an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass

Dumbo's cobblestone streets and converted Brooklyn warehouse buildings are the backdrop for independent boutiques, high-end restaurants and trendy cafes. Near the waterfront, St. Ann's Warehouse, in a former tobacco factory. The north end of Brooklyn Bridge Park features historic Jane’s Carousel as well as picturesque views of the Manhattan skyline.

One interesting point was how the cardboard box was created.

Like many discoveries, the box came to be only after a careless mistake. Scottish-born entrepreneur Robert Gair owned a paper bag factory in Manhattan. One day in 1879, a pressman accidentally cut through thousands of small seed bags, instead of pressing them. Following the accident, Gair, who moved headquarters to Dumbo, developed a method for the mass production of cardboard boxes.

We had a glimpse through the glass at Janes Carousel.

The wooden merry-go-round which was built by Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1922, features 48 carved horses.

The carousel had operated for many years in Youngstown, Ohio until a fire at
the park prompted the owners to decide to put the carousel up for sale.

In 1984 auction, the carousel was sold for $385,000 to David & Jane Walentas.

The Walentases restored the merry-go-round over many 22 years, & i. 2006 it was rechristened "Jane's Carousel.

In 2011 Jane's Carousel opened in its new home in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Unfortunately during our tour the signal was proving a problem so one of these collages I searched online for images of what I saw.

Well done Aaron, our guide, for trying to solve the problem, hoping to revisit another time.


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