CarriageHorseLover commented on De Blasio criticizes Quinn via horse-drawn-carriage legislationHas it ever occured to the well-paid Carly K of NYCLASS and others that the carriage drivers ahd owners in NYC LIKE working with horses? How is it an "opportunity" for small business people who already own their REAL horses and carriages to HAVE to give them up, and become EMPLOYEES who drive around some tacky fake antique cars that cost $175,000 (estimated) apiece? This whole "controversy" has been manufactured by greedy reale state developers and radical and unreasonable animal rights activists. THe NYC carriage horses, owners and drivers are among the most regulated enterprises in NYC, if not the whole country. I guess Mr. De Blasio is just looking to get votes where he can instead of looking out for ALL of his potential constituents. I have been following this whole "carriage horse controversy" from afar for several years. I am just one person, but I can tell you there are many of us who would NOT take a fake antique car ride while visiting NYC, but we would take a carriage ride. We would go out of our way to do it too. As a former visitor to NYC, I can tell you that the memory of a Central Park Carriage ride lasts a lifetime-- I took my ride in 1956 and remember it fondly. I have friends, who visited NYC about two years ago and they told me the they Central Park carriage ride is one of their best memories of your city, too. I bet there are MILLIONS of us who feel that way. NYC without the carriages wouldn't be as memorable.
Posted on June 15th, 2012 8:30pm