The book “Nunley’s Amusement Park,” a part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series authored by Marisa Berman, was released earlier this month. A party celebrating the debut was held at the fabled Nunley’s carousel, which originally rotated in Baldwin, but now resides on Museum Row in Garden City. The event, held the evening of April 6, featured carousel rides and cocktails, which allowed people who remember Nunley’s carousel to take one more grasp for the brass ring.
Author Berman, who solicited vintage photos of Nunley’s in a July 2012 issue of the Herald, grew up in Oceanside and now lives in Malverne. She is the Assistant Director of the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College, and will speak about the process of compiling her book at the Baldwin Public Library at 11 a.m. on May 8. (The event will coincide with the BPL’s Senior Day.)
“It was really nice, a whirlwind,” said Berman, whose book is selling rapidly. She described the crowd of around 100 people as a mix of folks who visited the park, plus a new generation whose parents had been there. “People were teaching their grandchildren how to reach for the brass ring,” Berman commented. “But there were as many adults as kids on the rides.”