Spinning Through The Circle Of Life

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People, places, songs, and even items such as a stuffed animal, a pillow, or a blanket can foster a person’s memory and take them back to a memory or feeling they hold dearly in their hearts. Often, such items of remembrance are used to bring back a person to their carefree and blissful childhood years. For many Americans, the Central Park Carousel in New York brings back memories of the entertainment of growing up in New York, and the wonderful memories of birthdays, family gatherings, and more. This historic carousel remains a timeless memory for those who enjoyed its delightful music, gleaming horses, and cheery atmosphere. A classic landmark in Central Park, the carousel has integrated itself into the hearts of Americans- never failing to bring a smile to ones face. In his classic American novel, The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger puts such memories into writing through the relationship between Holden and Phoebe, using the carousel as a primary symbol in the novel to enhance the overall theme.
Although the sweet scent of popcorn and the soft melody of the historic band organ of the carousel remain a classic part of Central Park in New York, the carousel’s historic features, such as its fifty two hand carved horses, are not the only aspects of why the carousel is so timeless (Central Park Conservancy). Salvatore Napolitano, 54, is an attendant and vendor at the carousel, and has been working at the carousel since 1970, when he was only fifteen years old. Giving up admission into three law schools for the chance to continue working at the carousel, Napolitano took pride in seeing the happiness it brings to those who are able to partake in its majestic ride (Martin). In an interview, he stated that one of the most heart wrenching things he had ever seen in his life was an older man sitting on the carousel crying, which struck Napolitano as extremely odd, since the carousel usually serves as an outlet of happiness. After asking the man what was wrong, he explained that his mother had passed away that day, and that he had come to the carousel to remember all of the precious moments he had with his mother there (Blumenthal). Sal has even had the privilege of seeing two of his friends get married on the carousel (Blumenthal)! Recently, there have been numerous issues with the renovation and restoration of the carousel, which has been rebuilt four times since its commencement in 1871. When the owner of the carousel, a company called New York One, did not meet the repair demands of the New York Parks Department, Donald Trump, renowned billionaire, took control of the carousel paying about seven thousand dollars monthly to keep it up and running (Yakas). An everlasting symbol, the Central Park Carousel is bound to cultivate memories with its lively tunes played on the band organ such as “Oh Marie,” “Downtown,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and other favorites (Blumenthal). Though many characteristics of the carousel have remained true to their...

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