New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio said that one of his first acts after taking office this week will be to ban horse-drawn carriages in Central Park.
Speaking at a news conference Monday, de Blasio said it was inhumane to expose the horses to the city’s dangerous streets.
“We are going to quickly and aggressively move to make horse carriages no longer a part of the landscape in New York City,” de Blasio said, according to NBC New York. “They are not humane. … It’s over.”
So long: if New York’s new mayor gets his way, this will be a thing of the past
One carriage and horse owner, who asked only to be identified as Robert, told NBC News on Monday that the carriage ride is iconic to the city.
“People expect us to be here,” he said. “It’s like taking away the Empire State Building. It’s the same as taking the (Christmas) tree from Rock Center.”
If I were in New York right now, I would take a nice long horse carriage ride through Central Park. While drinking a Big Gulp.