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Deadline To Move All Horse-Drawn Carriages Into Central Park Delayed

February 15, 2019 - 1:30 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A deadline to move all horse-drawn carriages into Central Park has been pushed back after the Department of Transportation needed more time to get the park ready.

Lawsuits filed by carriage drivers delayed the relocation, but after Mayor de Blasio prevailed in a Manhattan court, the horses were supposed to be moved off Central Park South on Thursday.

Horse-drawn carriages will remain there until the Department of Transportation can finish construction to make the park suitable for the animals.

In an email, the Department said construction began on East Drive Thursday, and the park should be ready by the end of the month.

Edita Birnkrant, director of New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets or NYCLASS, a proponent of the change, said “We are making improvements in the lives of the horses. We are not working on a ban right now. We are working on improving the welfare and the safety of the horses."

In contrast, carriage industry spokeswoman Christina Hanson, panned the upcoming move, saying , ”The design is not to help the horses, the design is not to help people get into carriages, the idea is to put us in the park where nobody will see us, we lose money, eventually we go out of business.

In the meantime, the horse-drawn carriage industry has filed another lawsuit, hoping to delay the move further or stop it altogether.