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05.22.15 Liam Mathews

A spokesperson for animal rights advocates Last Chance Animals claims the MTA unfairly rejected the group’s advertisement about carriage horses. The MTA put a ban on political advertising into effect in April, after that freedom of speech was abused by anti-Muslim crusader Pamela Geller. But Last Chance Animals’ Nina Hauptman told WNYC that these ads […]

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04.29.15 Liam Mathews

Four years after the NYPD began patrolling the Lower East Side’s nightlife district on horseback, literal horse shit is still a problem in the neighborhood. Bowery Boogie reports that there are piles of shit all over Hell Square (their clever nickname for the bar-saturated zone from Houston to Delancey and Allen to Clinton) every Saturday […]

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12.19.14 Prachi Gupta

Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing increasing opposition in his plan to ban horse-drawn carriages from New York City. While the city council is divided over the issue, a Quinnipiac poll finds that a majority of New York voters are against it. “New Yorkers are more opposed than ever to that issue that City Hall […]

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12.01.14 Rhett Jones

According to reports, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who wants to eventually adopt electric “horseless carriages” over the horse-drawn carriages, is close to introducing legislation to ban carriage horses in NYC. Capital New York reports that no licenses for horse-drawn carriages will be renewed in 2016. Christina Hansen, spokesperson for the New York City Horse Carriage Association, […]

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07.03.14 Amy K. Nelson

At 12:37PM on Wednesday, the NYPD instructed carriage horse drivers based in Central Park to return to their stables due to 90-degree heat. Once the temperature reaches 90 or above, it’s a NYC law that all horses must be brought back to shelter. But carriage driver and industry head Christina Hansen broke the law, according […]

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06.10.14 Marina Galperina

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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05.02.14 Aymann Ismail

Protestors gathered earlier today at Midtown’s Clinton Park Stable to stand up for a horse named Caesar, an asthma-stricken 22-year-old whose shady carriage driver falsified records by switching hoof identification and passed him off as a healthy 12-year-old buck. About 45 people showed up, holding NYCLASS and PETA banners. “The carriage industry has four stables,” Allie Feldman, Executive Director of […]

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04.24.14 Andy Cush

Yesterday, a carriage horse collapsed and was pinned underneath its carriage outside Central Park South. A witness to the event said the horse was scared by a turning bus and attempted to run when it fell. The carriage industry’s spokesman, however, tells a different story, claiming that one of the vehicle’s wheels was caught against […]

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04.17.14 Andy Cush

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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03.20.14 Andy Cush

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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