A new carousel shaped like a nautilus shell with 30 giant luminescent sea creatures, called ''SeaGlass,'' opens in lower Manhattan. Roselle Chen reports.
With its calming music, and giant luminescent sea creatures that change colors, the SeaGlass carousel transports riders into what feels like an aquatic dream. The new ride has been in development for more than 10 years and has finally opened to the public. Warrie Price is president and founder of the Battery Conservancy, which is behind the project. SOUNDBITE: Warrie Price, president and founder of the Battery Conservancy, saying (English): "We want that seaglass feeling. We want it in this chamber nautilus, which is a cephalopod not a fish." One of the facets that separates this carousel from others is that its motors lie under the floor -- so riders can see across the whole shell and sit within the figures, rather than on top of them. After stepping outside their cephalopods, visitors gave their thoughts on the ride. SOUNDBITE: Beth, New York City mother, saying (English): "It was really cool. The light is cool. It was worth waiting for the, what, I think it's 10 years." SOUNDBITE: Dylan Connolly, seven-year-old carousel rider, saying (English): "It's fun and colorful and beautiful." SOUNDBITE: Piper, six-year-old carousel rider, saying (English): "I liked when it went up and down." SOUNDBITE: Jake Dobkin, father who took daughter Zoe on ride, saying (English): "On a scale of one to ten, I'd give it an eight." The SeaGlass Carousel was conceived as an effort to revitalize The Battery neighborhood in Manhattan, which was the original home of the New York Aquarium.