Tourists, Horse Carriage Driver Expected To Recover From Crash With Taxi Near Central Park

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A crash between a horse carriage and a yellow cab near Central Park led to calls to suspend carriage rides in Manhattan.

Three tourists from Ohio and a hansom cab driver were injured when the carriage was flipped on its side by the crash late Monday night, knocking the horse onto the street.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports: Should Horse-Drawn Carriages Be Banned?

State Senator Tony Avella recently sponsored legislation to ban buggy rides.

“It’s a dangerous situation for the horse for the driver for the passengers and for motorists and pedestrians and this accident is just one more indication that, and pardon the pun, that this practice should put out to pasture,” he said.

Everyone involved in the crash is expected to recover.

Back in June, dozens rallied in Central Park to protest horse-drawn carriages. Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal said at the time “It really isn’t a safe environment and we have to use our powers of human empathy to relieve horses of this grinding work.”

Should New York City ban horse-drawn carriages? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  1. Jocko Kelsey says:

    OK then.Ya wanna ban the horses.That’ll be a great way to finally get rid of the Mounted NYCP and no more crowd control for your protection .

  2. kendra says:

    i don,t think that horses need to be out here on the road in nyc cause it could become very dangrous for horses to be out here cause the traffic is crazy in new york lets face it all new yorkers care about is getting from 1 place to another no matter who they hit or maimed in the long run which makes it a very bad idea for these horses.

  3. General says:

    These carriages have been around for centuries, instead of stopping the carriage rides, how about limiting the areas around Central Park to the cars. These taxi drivers race around the city like their the only vehicles on the street.

    1. oneworld says:

      Of course New York City should ban horse -drawn carriage rides–every city should.
      It is inherently cruel and these horses are not cared for adequately. I am a native Nnew Yorker, and I hate to see classic New York symbols go, but this is just too inhumane. Have you ever seen the horses drooling from thirst while driving a cab fool of heavy passengers. It’s abominable.

      1. Angela L. says:

        I agree that they should be banned. These horses are being so badly abused being in the middle of cars, trucks and buses. They don’t get enough fresh water to drink on these hot summer days and the drivers just care about making money.
        Please stop this abuse and put them on a farm where they belong..

  4. Jeff Rosen ret NYPD Sgt says:

    A yellow cab was involved in the accident too. Should we ban yellow cabs too? NYC has become a real nanny state!

  5. Julie Van Ness says:

    Yes. New York City should ban horse-drawn carriages!!! A ban is long over due. There is no excuse for this to go on. The horses suffer constantly, and in the past have died on the streets in these kinds of accidents. New Yorkers should know better by now.

    1. Laurie says:

      Julie Van Ness- u horrid person u- Animals Matter- These Horses do not belong on Streets of any CITY- they should Not be oulling around Stupid Tourists- in All Kinds Of awful weather- FREEZING COLD- HEAT- They bekong On farms- U r an uncaring idiot- Let there Be electric Cars taking freaking tourists thru park If u have to do that!!

  6. buttbisquit says:

    The main concern is the lunacy of traffic in that area. That walk across the street to the park is one of the most dangerous crosswalks in manhattan. I am fearful to walk across the street on a “walk” sign since cars come whipping around from 7th ave.

    Add 3rd world drivers cell phones narcissism and road rage to the mix and look what happens….NY is too dangerous to even walk these days …poor horses…feel sorry for the tourists as well.

  7. Karena says:

    So if they shut down, what will happen to the horses? Will they end up in Canada in a slaughterhouse to be sent as a delicacy overseas, for human consumption? Will they end up neglected and starved on some run-down farm for the lowest price? Or abused by a cruel owner? How many horses are there? How many drivers will be put out of work? Can’t the city think of some way that the horses can stay in Central Park on roads the cabs aren’t allowed on? I have always hated the cabs in Central Park – I think the sound of hooves among the trees and grass is far better than roaring engines and honking horns.

    1. leave the horses alone says:

      The only smart response on here.

  8. fokrab says:

    Same can be said for the pedicylces carrying tourists through heavily congested streets. Only a matter of time unfortunately until we have a serious accident causing severe injuries to the unsusoecting passengers.

  9. Donny Moss says:

    NYC has no pasture for these horses to graze, run, roll and interact physically with other horses. In a nutshell, these horses have been stripped of the ability to do anything that comes naturally to them and are put in harm’s way every day just so that tourists can take a 20 minute ride. Of course horse and buggies will be takenn off the streets of NYC. The question is when.

  10. Marie says:

    The horse & carriages should be in the park ONLY and the city should ban all VEHICLE traffic – it shold be for people and if these tourists want to ride a a horse & buggy riide – it should be confined to the park not the streets and the cars and buses and trucks should be confined to the streets NOT the park.

    1. Madelyn says:

      This is the ONLY acceptable idea- provided their are guidelines as to weather conditions and the proper treatment of these very hard working beautiful creatures. Thank you Marie.

    2. BROWN says:

      NO NO NO!

      I can tell that you are not a driver or a bicyclist. I am both and I think that the park shoud continue to be used as multi purpose use park. fFr cars, bike riders, joggers/runners and horse drawn carriages.

      It’s not all about putting the drivers out of the park, we already have a small window to drive through the park monday thru friady which helps out tremendously. Cars are not in the park half the day and it’s not the regular personal drivers that ever get into these accidents, it’s always trhe yellow cab drivers.

      Stop being selfish.

      Let the horses continue their same route, it’s the yellow cab drivers that have the problems.

      We should ban the yellow cab drivers from driving more then 25mph at any time, I bet that would save lives and horses!

    3. Jerry says:

      ditto

  11. borninnyc says:

    Horses do not belong on the city streets. End of story. Let them give rides in central park…..where they belong if at all. There are plenty of other tourist attractions in this great city of ours to keep the tourists happy.

    1. keep the horses it is America says:

      Most drivers do not belong on new york city streets should we ban them too.Horses been there forever accidents happen all the time maybe we should ban cars and keep horses we will reduce deaths every year by thousands.

  12. Bell Toller says:

    I feel sorry for the horses having to work in this hot weather.

  13. BROWN says:

    SAVE THE HORSES, but PUNISH THE RECKLESS YELLOW CAB DRIVERS!

    Don’t ban the horses, it’s the wild driving yellow cab drivers.

    They don’t care about human life, so why in the world would they care about a horse drawn carriage with people, the yhit people too!

    What needs to be done with our tax dollars is to triple the amount of TLC enforcement agents into the manhattan area to focus on the yellow cab drivers reckless driving, and all the rules they constantly break while putting the publics lives at high risk.

    When they are not running into bus stops, store fronts, people in cross walks crossing the street and bicyclist they are causing more severe havic on the streets hitting cars then speeding off.

    They continue to run red lights, speed, switch lane after lane with no signal and they cut people off like it’s the number one legal rule of being a yellow cab driver.

    Go after the yellow cab drivers and allow the horse cariages to remain.

    Let’s start getting those TLC agents issuing more tickets and taking away their hack licences and those expensive ornaments on the hood that makes them capital jerks of the taxi division.

    Leave the horses on the streets, just take much better care of hem.

    Try groomong and feeding the horses more, give them more breaks and shower them with water and horse soap daily.

    Take care of the horses, but be much more severe with those yelow cab drivers that continously take lives and destroy peoples property.

    Where are those TLC enforcement agents, put them to work, immediately!

    Save the horses and punish those darn reckless yellow cab drivers.

    Mr. Bloomberg, I hope you read blogs, please help the city by enforcing the TLC commision to do more about the reckless yellow cab drivers.

    THANK YOU

  14. M says:

    IT IS AN OUTRAGEOUS AND BARBARIC PRACTICE TO WORK THESE HORSES IN THESE CONDITIONS. WHETHER IT IS IN BRUTAL SUMMER OR WINTER CONDTIONS THEY SHOULD NOT BE OUT THERE.

    THE OWNERS OF THSES HORSES/STABLES NEED TO BE ACCOUNTABLE AND THE LAW IS NOT ENFORCED.

    HOW MANY HORSES HAVE TO DIE IN THE STREET DUE TO EXPOSURE OF THE ELEMENTS BEFORE ANYONE REALLY CARES? IT’S ONLY BECAUSE HUMANS WERE INJURED IN THIS CASE THAT THIS STORY IS NEWS.
    BLOOMBERG IS A TYRANT- WRKING THE HORSES TO DEATH AND ROUNDING UP AND KILLING EVRY GOOSE IN THE TRI STATE AREAS BEACUSE OF 1 AIR STRIKE 2 YEARS AGO. ALL IN THE NAME IF WHAT? TOURISM AND SAFETY?
    A JOKE…A BAD JOKE

  15. animal advocate says:

    Horrific for the horse. End these novelty rides now.

  16. Gregory says:

    There should be a place where a well-kept horse can earn a living for himself and his owner. Taxi cabs driven by semi-psychotic people, harried delivery drivers and idiot pedestrians shoul also have their places. The two places should not meet. Insure that the horses are well care for and capable of doing the work. Let the taxis continue their age old mission of running down pedestrians, bikers and old ladies with walkers.

  17. paula says:

    everything has a bit of risk in a city this large a busy. soon, people wont be allowed to drink coffee because someone, somewhere might spill it and burn themselves. keep the horses, its part of nyc. like smelly people on the subway, and jackhammers at 7am.

    1. ETB says:

      Amen!

    2. Ruth says:

      Paula, this is more than a bit of a risk. This time no on was killed, but there have been fatalities in other cities concerning horse drawn carriage accidents. Beside the serious danger to passengers, drivers, and pedestrians, please also consider that the horses are living, feeling beings, and they are being treated in an inhumane manner.

  18. sally rogers says:

    Time to end this horrendous practice. It only takes one serious accident to finally shed some light on the plight of these horses. Time has come to give these horses a break.

  19. marty griffin says:

    MAYOR IDIOTBERG says he’s only allowing gay horses to carry gay couples through the park. Go figure.

  20. sweetpea says:

    It is time to put it out to pasture, we are in the 21st century. Poor horses, they need room to run, not in stinky NYC giving out rides to a bunch of vultures that don’t care about an animals safety. Just another tactic to make money through the cruelty of an animal. Shame on NYC

  21. KPMc says:

    Banning carriages because you think it is cruel to the horse is one thing but saying it is inherently dangerous while the city keeps expanding bike lanes and encourages anarchists to break every traffic law in the book is just ludicrous.

    Like a bike or car they are all only as dangerous as the operators and those operating vehicles around them. Wasn’t someone at fault in this accident or did it just happen by magic?

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