De Blasio: Horse-Drawn Carriages in Central Park ‘Over’

by Andrew Johnson

Central Park’s horse-drawn carriages will soon be a thing of the past (even more so) under the de Blasio administration. The incoming New York City mayor has already announced he will begin phasing out the nostalgic rides and ban them when he takes office, which starts tomorrow.

“It’s over,” de Blasio said, calling the practice inhumane. ”We are going to quickly and aggressively move to make horse carriages no longer a part of the landscape in New York City.”

Supporters of de Blasio’s efforts, such as an official with ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty group, described the horse-drawn carriages as ”unnatural, unnecessary, and an undeniable strain on the horses’ quality of life.”

The New York Daily News reports that the horse-drawn carriages could be replaced with “antique-style electric cars.” One longtime horse-carriage driver criticized the decision.

“You can’t create tradition. You can’t create kids coming with smiles on their faces to pet the horses,” said Steven Malone, who has driven his carriage since 1987. “You’re not getting that with an electric car. . . . Kids can’t pet fenders.”