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Vivian Grant Farrell is founding President of the Int'l Fund for Horses (HorseFund.org) and editor of Tuesday's Horse (TuesdaysHorse.com).

Next residents of a luxury building: Police Horses

 Police Officer Paul Anderson tending to Brooklyn at Pier 76, which the community has been eager for some time to have the Police Department vacate. Credit Michael Nagle for The New York Times
Police Officer Paul Anderson tending to Brooklyn at Pier 76, which the community has been eager for some time to have the Police Department vacate. Credit Michael Nagle for The New York Times.

Cross-posted from the New York Times

The newest residences at Mercedes House, a ziggurat of luxury rentals on Manhattan’s Far West Side, provide tenants with creature comforts found nowhere else in the city.

Special flooring soothes legs weary from a long day’s work. Ten-foot-high doors offer easy passage between spacious rooms. A high-tech ventilation system eliminates even the worst odors.

Most crucially, there’s a state-of-the-art hayloft.

“It’s definitely high-end accommodations,” said Deputy Inspector Barry Gelbman, commander of the New York Police Department’s mounted unit. “They’re some of the nicest stables I’ve ever seen.”

This summer, Inspector Gelbman will move the unit’s headquarters and a dozen of its horses and 20 officers into their new home on the ground floor of Mercedes House, which since 2011 has been home to about 1,000 humans. After a decade, the mounted unit is leaving behind its stables at Pier 76, now a part of Hudson River Park.

While there are a handful of stable-centric subdivisions in places like Colorado, Montana and Florida, Mercedes House appears to be the only corral in the United States located inside an apartment building.

Even in crowded Manhattan, it is an unusual arrangement.

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