Yes, this is somewhat Long Beach-related.
A few weeks ago I found myself at the Cradle of Aviation Museum at museum row in Garden City. I somehow, to my surprise, stumbled upon the old Nunley’s Carousel – restored to its glory and opened to the public for two bucks a ride. Of course I went for a ride and WOW, did it bring back some memories! I don’t think I’ve been on that carousel since the late 80’s.
So I’m not about to give you the history of this carousel or Nunley’s in particular. For that, please visit the Nunley’s section @ the Cradle of Aviation website.
The Carousel was restored with new marquees depicting the best of Nassau County and Long Beach is represented twice! One marquee said “Surfing in Long Beach” and had a painting of a surfer catching a wave. The other was of Hotel Nassau, which doesn’t exactly exist anymore, but it was cool nonetheless (see photo below). The new organ music was a lot of fun as well. I read that it was composed by former Long Beach resident Billy Joel… haha
So if you are looking for a place for a cheap date, or you need to entertain your kids for a bit, please check out the old Nunley’s Carousel. It was a lot of fun and it brought back so many memories.
Since we are on the topic of Nunley’s, the old Ferris Wheel is right over the bridge in Barnum Island next to Jordon Lobster farm. I “borrowed” this photo from Jordan’s website, but I am giving them free advertising, so they shouldn’t mind.