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NYC to move horse-carriage boarding area into Central Park

August 30, 2018 - 4:15 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing a plan to move the carriage horses that line up along the southern edge of Central Park to designated boarding spots inside the park.
The Democrat promised during his 2013 mayoral campaign to ban the horses and buggies ``on Day One.'' But a bill to phase out the industry died amid opposition from carriage horse supporters.
Under the plan announced Thursday, horse-drawn carriages awaiting fares would be relocated from Central Park South to five boarding areas inside the park. 
City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg says the move will reduce the amount of time horses spend next to car traffic.
But Elizabeth Forel of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages says the horses could still become spooked and bolt inside the park.