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Cayla Kempf rides Nunley's Carousel during Mural Unveiling Celebration, March 9, 2019, in Garden City, Long Island, New York

Nunley’s Carousel Mural: Next Stop, Baldwin!

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
March 15, 2019

  • Photo Video with carousel music captures historic Nunley’s Carousel Mural Unveiling in Garden City, on Saturday night, March 9th: 


It’s not surprising that well over a hundred children and adults flocked to Nunley’s Carousel Pavilion for the Mural Unveiling Ceremony, and the free refreshments and carousel rides.

My parents brought my brothers and me to Nunley’s to ride the carousel, play miniature golf, and have pizza during the late 1950’s to 1960’s.

My daughters’ dad and I brought them to Nunley’s during its last ten years in Baldwin.

My grandson and granddaughter have each had a birthday party at Nunley’s Carousel in Museum Row in Garden City.

And that’s just a glimpse of how Nunley’s Carousel touched one multi-generational Long Island family.

Garden City, New York, USA. March 9, 2019. L-R, CAYLA KEMPF and her mom COLETTE KEMPF, from Maspeth, Queens, are riding carousel horses during Unveiling Ceremony of Nunley's Carousel mural. The Kempf family is related to a silent partner of the carousel's original owners, of Murphy's Carousel Company.

Garden City, New York, USA. March 9, 2019. L-R, CAYLA KEMPF and her mom COLETTE KEMPF, from Maspeth, Queens, are riding carousel horses during Unveiling Ceremony of Nunley’s Carousel mural. The Kempf family is related to a silent partner of the carousel’s original owners, of Murphy’s Carousel Company. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

On the Carousel of Time

County, town, and state elected officials; Baldwin non-profit organization officers and members, and LIRR rep attending the mural unveiling included:

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran
Nassau County Legislator Debra Mulé
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen
NYS Assemblywoman Judy Griffin

Baldwin Civic Association (BCA) reps included:
President Darien Ward
Corresponding Secretary Susan Cools
Beautification Committee Chair Rita Cavanagh

Baldwin Historical Society President Gary Farkash

LIRR Community Relations Representative Vanessa Lockel

During the mural unveiling ceremony, many of the above shared their memories, from those decades ago to recently, of Nunley’s Carousel.

Michael White

Garden City, New York, USA. March 9, 2019. Artist MICHAEL WHITE stands in front of Nunley's Carousel during Unveiling Ceremony of his mural. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. March 9, 2019. Artist MICHAEL WHITE stands in front of Nunley’s Carousel during Unveiling Ceremony of his mural. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Artist Michael White, a Baldwinite, shared memories of Nunley’s and explained he chose to paint a closeup of the carousel’s lead horse – which wears a striking red, white and blue banner on its shoulder, and red roses in its mane – because the acrylic mural is 7 feet tall and about 5 feet wide, so including a vast scene such as the whole carousel wouldn’t make sense.

In Fit Shape

The mural has an uncommon shape – at first glance it looks like a rectangle, but it isn’t.

The mural’s base is wider than its top, and they’re parallel.

Its sides aren’t parallel, but are equal in length, and have equal angles where they reach the bottom.

In short, with the help of two long words, the mural is an isosceles trapezoid

White’s acrylic equine needs to be that shape to fit the permanent home it’s heading to soon.

Baldwin Bound

This spring, the mural is scheduled for an outdoor installation on a trestle pillar of the Baldwin LIRR Train Station, only a 1/3 mile from the location of Nunley’s Carousel & Amusement Park in Baldwin from 1940-1995.

If my brothers and I, or if my daughters, had headed northwest after a visit to Nunley’s Carousel in Baldwin, we could have walked to the Baldwin Station in the time it takes to play the above video twice.

Garden City, New York, USA. March 9, 2019. LAURA CURRAN, the Nassau County Executive, rides Nunley's Carousel carved wood lion during mural unveiling ceremony of Nunley's Carousel horse.(© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. March 9, 2019. LAURA CURRAN, the Nassau County Executive, rides Nunley’s Carousel carved wood lion during mural unveiling ceremony of Nunley’s Carousel horse.(© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

  • Some people in video at beginning of post (click name to see a photo):
Joanne Adams  Judy Griffin Cayla Kempf
Rita Cavanagh     Kelley Hochheiser Colette Kempf
John Cools     Maureen Lennon Andrew Obergh
Susan Cools    Vanessa Lockel Beth Obergh
Jean Smyth-Crocetto  Liam McGuire Bob Stuhmer
Laura Curran    Karen Montalbano Darien Ward
Gary Farkash  Gary Monti Michael White
Laura Gillen Debra Mulé

Feature Photo at top of post: Garden City, NY, USA. March 9, 2019. Rita Cavanagh (Baldwin Civic Assoc. Beautification Committee Chair) and Darien Ward (BCA President) look at mural that Ward and artist Michael White just uncovered at Unveiling Ceremony, at Nunley’s Carousel Pavilion.


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Merrick, New York, USA. January 24, 2019. During winter sunset, golden reflection of trees and building fills windows of Merrick Public Library on south shore of Long Island.

Missed the Rainbow, Caught the Puddle

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 31, 2019

Flash Flood

Driving on Long Island’s south shore at the end of yet another flash flood, I turned north toward the Merrick Library on Merrick Avenue and faced a fierce sunset.

I wanted to capture the fleeting sky show reflected on water, but the nearest body of water, a pond, was about a half mile away. So I turned west onto a soggy side street across from the library, saw a golden-orange reflection in a puddle, and pulled to the curb.

But a telephone pole and its wires were too prominent, so I slowly drove on, and as I passed a parked car discovered a lake of a puddle – the biggest one I ever saw this far inland from Merrick’s jagged shoreline. 

Merrick, New York, USA. January 24, 2019. After flash flood, reflection of colorful winter sunset fills large puddle in road of suburban town on south shore of Long Island. (© 2019Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, New York, USA. January 24, 2019. After flash flood, reflection of colorful winter sunset fills large puddle in road of suburban town on south shore of Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

After parking, I slowly walked around and around the puddle, all the while lifting and lowering and leveling my iPhone to capture the blaze. 

Puddle Sunset

Later, back at home, I saw a flood of pictures on local news and social media of a full double rainbow that appeared before the sunset and before I paid attention to the sky that late afternoon.

But if I’d caught the rainbow, I’d have missed that fiery puddle sunset.

Merrick, New York, USA. January 24, 2019. After flash flood, reflection of colorful winter sunset fills large puddle in road, on south shore of Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, New York, USA. January 24, 2019. After flash flood, reflection of colorful winter sunset fills large puddle in road, on south shore of Long Island. (© 2019 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)


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