The horse-carriage industry in New York has been holding its breath whilst the Mayor decides their future in Manhattan.
A proposed deal has been reached which will restrict horse-drawn carriages to Central Park from June 1. The deal was announce on Sunday between New York City and the horse carriage industry, but has yet to be approved by the city council.
The deal also includes the construction of horse-stables in Central Park by 2018, and will also include some restrictions on the operations of pedicabs in the southern portion of the park.
The Mayor of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, released a joint statement with Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, union leaders and carriage driver Stephen Malone:
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement in concept on the future of New York’s horse carriage industry […] We look forward to working together on the final details of this legislation and getting this passed.”
The horse-drawn carriage industry has been under threat since de Blasio took office two years ago, as a part of his campaign he promised to ban horse-drawn carriages and suggested they should be replaces by electric antique cars driven by the same carriage drivers.