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New Carousel, Featuring Local Animals, Coming to Hudson River Park

By DNAinfo Staff on April 28, 2010 2:23pm  | Updated on April 28, 2010 2:30pm

A rendering showing the variety of animals that will be depicted on the Chelsea merry-go-round from wild turkeys to butterfly unicorns.
A rendering showing the variety of animals that will be depicted on the Chelsea merry-go-round from wild turkeys to butterfly unicorns.
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Courtesy of Carousel Works

By Nicole Breskin

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

CHELSEA — It's getting a little wilder in Hudson River Park, with a new merry-go-round featuring statues of animals and magical creatures being installed at Pier 62.

Kids will be able ride a harbor seal, a green turtle, a coyote and a unicorn covered in butterflies starting the third week of May.

Along with the unicorn, designs for the carousel included dozens of animals native to the area, according to renderings by Carousel Works, which is designing the merry-go-round.

At the same time, other new features are also expected to open in the Chelsea Cove section of the park, which includes Pier 62, said David Katz, a marketing exec for the park.

The Hudson River Park Trust's website said that portion of the park will also house a new skate park.

The Chelsea portion of the Hudson River Park shows plans for a carousel and a skate park.
The Chelsea portion of the Hudson River Park shows plans for a carousel and a skate park.
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Photo: Courtesy of the Hudson River Park Trust

The trust also released a lineup of free outdoor events that includes regular performances by Central Park guitar man David Ippolito at Pier 45 from June through August.

A full schedule will be available on the Hudson River Park Trust’s website.

The carousel is currently being installed at Pier 62.
The carousel is currently being installed at Pier 62.
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