Venue With Carousel & Sideshow Performers Coming to Ridgewood/Bushwick Border
Text and Renderings from The Lonely Fitzgeralds Sideshow Troupe: Kathy Drasky & John Graz
A newly formed circus sideshow troupe from Coney Island is opening up a venue in Ridgewood, Queens near the Bushwick border. They are called The Lonely Fitzgeralds. With the help from a grassroots crowdfunding campaign, and some investors, they hope to make this a reality. The space will be called Carousel and open in the summer of 2018.
The façade of the former warehouse will be inspired by Wild Bill’s in Middletown, Connecticut. The event space will be mostly indoors, but with an outdoors, seating area for fun during the summer days. There will be a performance stage for aerial dancers, sword swallowers, jugglers, snake charmers, clowns, balloon artists, magicians, burlesque, and more. And of course, in one corner of this space will be a carousel.
The carousel will bring in parts old and new as homage to the traditional art of carousel creation. There will be horses including an equine trio prancing among the carousel’s more exotic fauna. The stunning wooden carousel will be commissioned by private and non-profit investors who are involved in the arts. It will be two dollars to ride and half of the funds will go to a charity to support the performing arts. Sundays of course will be incredibly kid friendly.
Their menu will be inspired by circus food made on site :
- Churros and corndog lollipops with a maple dipping sauce
- Free gourmet popcorn in a multitude of flavors including caramel
- Meatball barbells
- Hand-spun cotton candy
- Individual pizzas
- Gourmet, kosher hotdogs with a side of kimchi aioli
- Truffle fries with a side of homemade barbecue ketchup
- Smoked turkey drumsticks
- Hand cut french fries
- Hamburger sliders
- Stuffed funnel cakes, with cinnamon apples and whipped cream
- Warm cashew brittle
- Homemade vegan ice cream
Of course they will have a take on kid beverages for grown ups as well:
- Snow cones
- Root beer floats
- Milk shakes
- Hard Root Beer
- And many more cocktails
All their beers will be local:
- Coney Island Brewing Company
- Rockaway Brewing Company
- April Fools!
- And more