After a campaign in which he promised to ban horse-drawn carriages as one of his first official acts, Mayor Bill de Blasio is now promising to ban them by the end of the year.
The delay hasn’t stopped owners and animal-rights advocates from looking for alternatives.
The largest anti-horse-carriage group, New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS), has proposed replacing the carriages with antique electric cars. A prototype is scheduled to debut at the New York International Auto Show at the Javits Center this week.
But other groups say the cost of the cars is too high — about $150,000 each, or $11 million to replace all 68 licensed carriages in Manhattan.
Alex and Anita Gerami have developed their own solution: a hybrid carriage. The Geramis are the owners of Chateau Stables on West 48th Street and they believe their carriage idea makes more financial sense — it uses a motor from a golf cart and costs about $10,000.
Anita Gerami believes their horseless carriage could be the compromise the city is waiting for. To see it in action, check out the video below.