I like almost every carousel in New York, and have ridden most of them—the ones in Central Park and Prospect Park, the Bug Carousel in the Bronx Zoo. But I have a special place in my heart for what may be the youngest and smallest of them.
Le Carousel in Bryant Park is a little slice of heaven if you want a break from the noise and mad pace of the city. Situated on the south side of the park, and equipped with only a dozen or so horses and a couple benches, it's been there only since 2002 and is often overlooked. But it's a perfect fit for this very manicured span of green. Get on when they're playing Edith Piaf and you'll swear you're somewhere in Paris as you watch the surrounding London Plane trees swirl by.