Jane's Carousel September 15, 2011EFF - BBP© Julienne Schaer 2011

Credit: Julienne Schaer

For a fun fall festivity, fair weather or no, take a spin on Jane’s Carousel, a 1922 carousel restored by artist Jane Walentas and sheathed in an elegant acrylic-and-steel box by Jean Nouvel, Hon. AIA. When weather on the East River in Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York, is bad, the box protects; when weather is nice, two sides slide open. At night, lights sparkle in an hourly light show. (Nouvel says that in winter it will be “beautiful with the whiteness of the snow.”) The carousel, the first on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, opened to the public last month. • janescarousel.com