The Battery Goes Seaward

battery carousel The Battery Goes SeawardDowntown, it’s Omnimax-meets-Sea World-meets-an old-fashioned merry-go-round.

The Battery Conservancy is getting ready to break ground next year on an “aquatic carousel” that will feature 30 luminescent sea creatures that children can ride while watching a video projected on the interior walls. Designed by weisz + yoes, the $8.15 million Nautilus-shaped pavilion is supposed to recall the city’s first aquarium, which was down at the Battery also, and is part of a major 16-year renovation of the 25-acre park.

Just last week, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation announced a $2 million grant for the carousel, which is going to be called called Sea Glass.