Governor Cuomo Announces Construction Milestone for Historic Carousel Project at Canalside

March 26, 2021

New Carousel Building Adds to Overall Vision for a Redeveloped Waterfront 

See Photos of the Carousel Here 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Buffalo Heritage Carousel project at Canalside is nearing completion. A steel frame, the organ and the carousel itself are being installed inside the new timber frame building at Canalside. When complete, the historic De Angelis Carousel will be a year-round, family friendly attraction for the Buffalo waterfront, building on the popularity of the Explore & More Children's Museum and many other activities for visitors of all ages. The carousel is planned to open this summer. 

"The De Angelis Carousel is another layer in the exciting transformation of Buffalo's spectacular waterfront," Governor Cuomo said. "As we continue to reopen our economy and build back better, this milestone on such a colorful and historic attraction is a reminder of the State's long-standing commitment to projects like Canalside and the overall revitalization of a city known for its can-do attitude."
The first of the antique carousel pieces that have been meticulously restored by the Buffalo Heritage Carousel artists were moved into the roundhouse today. The #153 Wurlitzer Band organ, one of the most popular models ever manufactured at Wurlitzer, was also installed. It will play music scrolls that will be integrated with the carousel through computer technology.

"Canalside has become a magnificent place for families to enjoy and the De Angelis Carousel will soon become the star attraction," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "As we prepare to enter the post-pandemic future, the De Angelis Carousel offers a glimmer of hope and symbolizes the rebirth of an active Buffalo waterfront."

ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia said, "Buffalo's waterfront has seen a remarkable transformation and the Buffalo Heritage Carousel will be a sensational attraction that will build on the progress, helping to draw even more visitors to Canalside. We look forward to welcoming families to enjoy the colorful carousel. It will be a sensational experience that is designed to complement the Explore & More Children's Museum and the Longshed project, which opened last year." 

Read the full press release here.