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Horseless Carriage vs. Electric Car

Ideas Abound to Remove Horses From City Streets

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mayor de Blasio wants to ban the use of horse-drawn carriages in Central Park by the end of the year. Mayor de Blasio wants to ban the use of horse-drawn carriages in Central Park by the end of the year. (Natalie Fertig/WNYC)

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.

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Comments [10]

JOSEPH P. WALL from PELHAM Bay, Bronx

Many years ago, for those of you who may be interested, former Congressman Mario Biaggi suffered a potencialy disabling injury when a police horse who may have been "spooked" at the time and kicked Mario Biaggi in the hip area and that is why he walks with a severe limp today. If Mayor de Blasio ever gets his way on this issue, not only will the Central Park horses be banished, but ALL horses citywide will be gone too. That includes the police horse and even those horses that march in our city parades too, like the St. Patrick!s Day Parade, for example. What is happening is that too many people in traffic want to take pictures of these horses and they get too close to these horses and the horses end up getting "spooked".

Jun. 21 2014 12:43 PM
lisa clark-kahn

Hey weird jaded grownups ask a 5 yr old if horses belong in the city streets or if its nicer for us to make sure their in pastures with other horses.

Apr. 20 2014 08:40 PM
Roxanne from Bronx

I support the end of the carriage abuse. No excuse for animal
Abuse. Yet at the same time it is wrong to force them to
Drive electric cars. They don't want it. Now this carriage owner and stable owner had innovated a horseless carriage. Not only is it cheaper and makes more sense but she freely choose to operate it. We should advocate for the city to
Fund this and offer this choice to the other 3 stables. If they don't want it then just end it and let this stable operate the horseless carriage. I think this is one if the best solution proposed so far.

Apr. 17 2014 10:50 PM
JOSEPH P. WALL from BRONX

Something tells me, that Mayor Bill de Blasio at sometime or another, had a very bad experience with a horse. If people remember, former Congressman Mario Biagee walked with a severe limp because he got kicked around the hip area way back in the days when he was a New York City Police Officer. If Mayor Bill de Blasio gets his way with removing horses from Central Park, will he just try and do away with the Police Horses next and how about those lovely horses that march each year in the ST. Patrick!s Day Parade? Why not make it New York City law that horses are illegal in New York City all together?

Apr. 17 2014 03:51 PM
newyorker from NYC

Now if they could add the clop-clop sound of the horse walking, I think that would clinch it.

Apr. 16 2014 11:32 PM
E-Bike Driver from Bergen County

I have no reason to believe the horses are being mistreated, they are certainly magnificent animals. But I'm also open to the idea of other vehicles running around Central Park. The Horseless Carriage shown is definitely cool.

But I'd love to see electric-assist pedal trikes make their way into Central Park. I'm a big believer in e-bikes, and depend on mine to commute 10-15 miles each way from NJ. It's high time that this technology be legitimized --- and appropriately regulated --- in NYC. What better way to show the world that New York is modern and forward-looking than to put the world's most efficient transportation technology to use for tourists in Central Park?

Apr. 16 2014 01:40 PM
Ronny Lipitz from New York , N.Y.

"Carriages Belong in Central Park" a wonderful article in the NEW York TImes OP-ED 4-15-14, written by Liam Nelson
I am a horse owner and I do not feel that these horses are being abused. I also feel that some of these animal rights groups , not all, have their own agender and are not serving the horse and carriage industry fairly. Please review this issue .
Thank you

Apr. 16 2014 01:11 PM
Wilbur Post from The Barn

Leave the horses be.

This is a non-issue for 99.999% of us. But the mayor is beholden to the anti-carriage lobby (if you can call a few dozen well-funded kooks a "lobby") for their anti-Quinn ads that got him his initial traction in the election.

Apr. 16 2014 11:18 AM
Nick from UWS

I love this...I fully support these electric carriages. Not nearly as romantic, but close.

Apr. 16 2014 10:26 AM
x Chris from New York City

Those are better looking than the antique cars. I like em. Parks should have low powered, or people powered vehicles only. I'd love to see pedicabs and Pedicarriages with electric assist.

Apr. 16 2014 09:48 AM

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