The girl who loved Central Park’s pretty horses

Near the Central Park carousel is a child-size wood post featuring carvings of merry-go-round horses. They look like miniature versions of the hand-carved, painted horses on the circa-1908 carousel itself.


It’s an enchanting little post, a marker letting adults know that they’re about to enter the park’s kid territory.

MichellebernsteinBut near the bottom of the post is this somber plaque:

Michelle Bernstein
March 25, 1984 – June 19, 1987
The Carousel Landscape
was restored in 1991
in honour of Michelle
who loved
all the pretty little horses

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8 Responses to “The girl who loved Central Park’s pretty horses”

  1. Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel (True Life) | UmeBook Says:

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  2. Nancy Says:

    does anyone know what happened to Michelle?

  3. wildnewyork Says:

    I tried to find out via the usual channels, like newspaper archives, but didn’t find a thing.

  4. Paul D'Ambrosio Says:

    Nice post. Thanks. Did you know that the Central Park carousel, made by Stein and Goldstein, is part of a larger phenomenon of Eastern European Jewish immigration and the bringing to America of traditional Jewish carving styles? Your readers can find out more in a post I did just yesterday at my “American Folk Art @ Cooperstown” blog.

    Thanks again!


  5. Jennifer Says:

    Wondering about Michelle Bernstein. The link below no longer works and can’t find anything about who she was or what happened to her.

  6. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    If I remember correctly, she was killed in a car accident on Long Island.

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