As New York City and the surrounding region start to urbanize at an even more rapid and efficient pace, many of the old remnants and gems that existed in New York culture and social living are starting to fade away. One of the most iconic of which, being that of New York’s many horses and stables, is quite literally on its last legs, as the very final horse stable has now been cornered out and received much attention from many locals and non-locals.
- In the 1800s, in New York, transportation, whether by omnibus, trolley, or carriage, required horses and therefore stables to keep them.
- As horse-driven carriages as a primary means of transportation have gone the way of the hoop skirt, so too is Central Park’s Bridle Path now a jogging trail.
- The city’s historic relationship with horses shifts ever downward, with riders taking their pleasure out of the city and stables going out of business, repurposed as expensive homes.
“In Manhattan, the decline of horse stables has been closely tied to the fading fortunes of the carriage industry.”