A Man Who Made Us All Go ‘Round

April 11, 2008 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

Today’s NY Times has an obit for Marvin Sylvor, carousel designer, who contributed to our Forest Park’s carousel on Woodhaven Blvd, south of Myrtle Avenue. The obit might be a little misleading in that, according to the dates mentioned on Forgotten New York (Kevin Walsh 2006), Sylvor probably rehabbed the one in Forest Park, not designed/built it—“This Daniel Muller carousel was built in 1910, contains 54 wood horses and other animals and is one of just two by its designer remaining in the country. It was moved here from Dracut, Mass in 1971.”

Regardless, Sylvor was someone who added something whimsically extra to our lives. From the Times:

Soon, carousel contracts overshadowed the decorating business at his company, Fabricon. In addition to building merry-go-rounds in Bryant Park, the Riverbank State Park in Manhattan and Forest Park in Queens, he created carousels for Chicago; Detroit; Nashville; La Paz, Bolivia; São Paulo, Brazil; Auckland, New Zealand; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Singapore.

Top image: NY Times

Lower two: Forgotten NY

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