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Horse Runs Away With Driverless Carriage In Central Park, Hits Cab, Charges At A Mercedes

A runaway horse detached from its bridle last night and took its driverless carriage on an unsupervised loop through the Central Park, before exiting on Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, near The Plaza Hotel. According to the union of carriage drivers (currently facing a possible carriage ban and Mayor de Blasio’s replacing the horse-drawn relics with quirky electric […]

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Here’s the Electric Car That Could Replace NYC’s Horse-and-Carriages

Bill de Blasio’s plan to ban horse-and-carriage rides in NYC has hit some setbacks, but the mayor says he remains committed to getting the despondent animals off the street. Today at the New York Auto Show, the anti-carriage organization NYCLASS unveiled the electric, vintage-style car it has long touted as an alternative. “My distinct honor […]

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Horse-and-Carriage Ban to Hit City Council

A citywide ban on horse-drawn carriages is being drafted in City Council, this morning’s ‘Capital Playbook’ reveals (the full article is under paywall). According to the newsletter, Queens Democrat Daniel Dromm is the primary author of the legislation, which Mayor de Blasio has promised to pass. “It’s just a matter of time,” Dromm says. “It’s way […]

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NYPD to Regulate
Horse-and-Carriage Rides

Police commissioner Bill Bratton announced this week that the NYPD will begin enforcing rules to ensure horse-and-carriage rides are done in as humane a fashion as possible. Previously, that duty was held by the ASPCA. According to CBS, cops will conduct stable inspections and are “trying to figure out how police will enforce rules banning […]

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De Blasio Plans to Ban Horse-and-Carriage Rides

New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who supported a citywide ban on horse-and-carriage rides during his campaign, plans to follow through on that support, pursuing the ban while in office. De Blasio aides haven’t said whether team has been working on the issue during transition, but told Politico the mayor-elect is committed to the law. NYCLASS, […]

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Zoom In: Hansom Cab Horses
and Their Drivers

I’ll never get used to seeing horses clopping down busy Manhattan streets. I shot these horses’ portraits near the corner of 52nd Street and 11th Avenue, where many of these tourist-transporting animals and their novelty vehicles are parked. Just look at those faces. Look into their eyes. Then, looking beyond the horses, behind their swinging bag […]

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Horse Rights Activist Socked in the Face By Carriage Driver

Not to beat a dead horse, but the whole Central Park horse drawn carriage debate just got more savage. When the car (or, as it was called then, the horseless carriage) was first invented, it was hailed as a breakthrough for a cleaner New York. For one, horses shit. A lot. And second, when they collided into each other […]

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Stick Tourists In These, They’ll Forget All About the Horses

With the possibility of a ban on carriage horses gaining momentum, will the city start seriously considering alternatives like antique-style electric cars? Since putting drivers out of work or suddenly cutting off the flow of revenue the cruelish industry mainly supported by tourists generates is out of the question, these vehicles could be a way […]

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Carriage Horse Needlessly Suffered Before It Died

As if things couldn’t get any more depressing surrounding the death of Charlie, a 15-year-old carriage horse that suddenly died on a Manhattan street it should never have been forced to trot on in the first place, the ASPCA issued a statement, saying the equine was “suffering from pain due to pronounced chronic ulceration of […]

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