If Mayor Bill de Blasio has his way, the Central Park carriages could be trotting on borrowed time. On the other hand, do they have a lasting place in New York City’s image?
Ubiquitous to New York City, similar other great cities, is the yellow New York City Taxi, but gone are the giant Ford Crown Victoria and Chevrolet Caprice taxis of yesterday. Thanks to former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to reduce pollution in the city, many of these taxis have been abandoned in favor of hybrid electric vehicles, such as the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and the Ford Escape Hybrid, even the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. The air quality in the city has improved greatly but, of course, there is still plenty of work to be done.
Bloomberg’s successor, Bill de Blasio, aims at adding more electric vehicles to the city, which should help to reduce harmful emissions even more, unless you count horse farts. I bet you’re wondering how I managed to get such an image into your head, and I hope it doesn’t last very long. New York City’s newly-sworn-in Mayor de Blasio wants to replace a 150-year-old tradition with some antique-styled electric vehicles, specifically the horse-drawn carriages in Central Park, which have been running since the park’s opening in 1858.
Hundreds of millions of people have toured Central Park in these beautiful horse-drawn carriages, which is a unique way to experience the beauty and history of New York City’s Central Park. Mayor de Blasio says the practice is cruel and should be stopped, while the drivers and companies insist that the horses are treated well. Replacing them with electric vehicles would only serve to put people out of business. I have a couple of questions for Mayor de Blasio: “Where will the horses go, the slaughterhouse?” and “Who’s going to pay $165 for a tour of Central Park in an electric vehicle?” Finally, will the antique-styled electric vehicle feature the clip-clop sound of horses hooves on the pavement?
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