We don’t know about you but we are more than fed up with New York City Mayor deBlasio.
DeBlasio initially ran on a ticket that included helping the City’s miserably treated carriages horses, then sold the horses out the moment he was elected. He has huffed and puffed about it since then, but in actuality hasn’t done a damn thing for them. Until now he thinks. It is not true.
In an email shout out, the “Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages” have exposed deBlasio’s latest smoke and mirror tactic.
We quote that email:
NEW MAYORAL PROPOSAL IS NO WALK IN THE PARK
Below is a list of the five proposed hack lines. For a more detailed description of the proposal, please look at last week’s newsletter. Click Here.
1. AT W. 72ND STREET OFF CENTRAL PARK WEST
This hack line will be about 130′ long and will offer no shade for the horses. The carriages will also be required to travel 13 blocks north on Central Park West, mixing with heavy traffic.
The larger lane shown on the street below is for parking; the narrower one is for bikes. The carriages will travel with the other traffic to reach this destination.
2. AT W. 67th NEAR TAVERN ON THE GREEN
This is currently being used for carriages. There is no shade and carriages will need to travel up Central Park West to access it.
3. NEAR 7TH AVENUE OFF CENTRAL PARK SOUTH
This is one of two locations off Central Park South; again there is no shade. To access this location, carriages will drive from their stables on the far west side of Manhattan reaching Central Park South where they will make an illegal U-turn to the 7th Avenue location.
4. NEAR 5TH AVENUE OFF CENTRAL PARK SOUTH
This is the other location off Central Park South; also no shade for the horses. Drivers will also need to make an illegal U-turn to access this location.
The existing water troughs are off 6th Avenue and near Grand Army Plaza (but not the new hack line.) The carriages will need to do some fancy maneuvering to reach them — especially the carriages at the 7th Avenue location.
5. AT E. 72ND STREET OFF FIFTH AVENUE
The carriages will be making illegal U-turns on Central Park South to access the roads in the park to take them to this location. This will be the easiest way to get to this new location since Fifth Avenue is one way — downtown.
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The Mayor and those who support this proposal say that the horses will be out of traffic and have shade and water in the park. None of this is true. It is not a “big win.” It was done to placate his supporters.
ACCIDENTS: Carriage drivers are not required to report accidents. So unless the public knows about it and gets the NYPD and/or media involved – it never happened. It is to a carriage driver’s benefit not to report an accident that will hurt the reputation of the trade.
ACCIDENT STATISTICS: We have recorded 103 accidents since 1982. 19 of those have been at or near the hack line that is proposed to be relocated. But 14 of them happened in Central Park. The balance of 70 happened around the city in different areas. The accidents were typical — horses spooking, collapsing, crashing into something or being crashed into; dead horses.
This works out to 81.5% of all recorded accidents occurring away from the hack line — inside Central Park and around the city. Only 18.5% occurred at or near the hack line.
CARS: While cars are no longer allowed in Central Park, certain vehicles are, which include NYPD cars and emergency vehicles and Parks Dept. vehicles. In addition, there are hoards of people, cyclists, skateboarders and pedicabs in the park.
Interestingly, the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico signed an executive order banning horse-drawn carriages. He signed the ban four days after a carriage horse collapsed on the street. Just saying.
Help These Horses
Here are more ideas from the Coalition to Ban-Horse Drawn Carriages email letter:
1. Don’t drink the kool-aid. Please question and think for yourself.
2. Post a comment on the Department of Transportation website at http://rules.cityofnewyork.us.
3. Testify at the Department of Transportation hearing on October 3rd at 1pm. The Bid Room at 55 Water Street, Concourse Level. Call 212-839-6500.
Use Social Media!
Spread the word on social media, especially if you are in the New York City area. But it doesn’t matter if you are not. Tourists from around the world visit NYC!
Here are some tags to use particularly on Twitter.
#banhorsedrawncarriages #carriagehorses #manhattan #nyc #nycgov #billdeblasio
@deblasio @nycmayor @billdeblasio @newyorkcity
Before We Go
“Mayor deBlasio was on the Brian Lehrer show recently. At one point, a man named Craig called in and said he had looked at all five of the proposed new locations and that they provided no shade for the horses. The Mayor seemed surprised. (Oops). But then he caught himself and dismissively said that the carriages do not stay in any place long enough since they are continuously busy with passengers — so they will not be harmed by the sun.” How glib! But this is not true.