First Bloomberg wanted to take away the large sodas of New Yorkers. Now the new Mayor Elect - Bill de Blasio - is talking about getting rid of horse drawn carriages in Central Park, replacing them with antique cars that have been converted to electric. The announcement hasn't left a lot of people happy. It's odd because Blasio hasn't even taken office yet and he's talking about making changes.
"We are going to get rid of horse carriages, period," de Blasio said at a news conference earlier this week.
Those are tough words for a man who's coming in as Mayor. While Bloomberg hasn't left things as bad as they were in the past, New York still has a lot of issues that are more important than whether or not horses are allowed in Central Park. Besides, is an electric carriage really more environmentally friendly than a horse? The environment may not be what Bill de Blasio wants to protect.
While the Mayor Elect has said that it's not humane to use horses for carriage rides, many people who have been in the business for many years have come out to say that the animals are NOT mistreated. In fact, most of them enjoy really good lives - better than a lot of other horses - because they're so special and valuable.
While the horse drawn carriages are a big hit with tourists, some on the new Mayor's side have said that not having them will not cause people to not come to New York to visit. Basically, they're maintaining that horse carriages aren't the main reason people come to the city. This may be true, but it's still going to affect a lot of people. Once has to wonder if the Mayor Elect has some business interests with electric car manufacturers!
In all seriousness, this change isn't going to affect the lives of most Manhattanites, but it could be a bad sign of things to come for New Yorkers. No one can predict the future entirely accurately, but Blasio coming in with guns blazing and making changes could spell trouble for him in the years ahead. Hopefully, he'll back off and stop trying to make ridiculous changes right away once he's sworn into office. If getting rid of horse carriages in Central Park is his lasting legacy would be sad for everyone involved.
The change would affect a lot of local jobs - not to mention romantic couples will no longer be able to enjoy the act of riding a horse drawn carriage through the greatest park in the world. This enactment may change in the future, but before you go to Erosnow to find your perfect Bollywood movie to chill and have a good one, make sure you check the status of romantic carriage rides ( some even have built in LCD's! ) through Central Park. The new law might not come into effect for a while, but it's a good idea to go enjoy it now if you can before it goes away.