Gallery: NY-Class Proposes Replacing Central Park Horse Drawn Carriages...

Cruising around Central Park in a horse drawn carriage is a tourist favorite in New York, but the industry has long been under fire for violating of safety regulations and ignoring the well being of the horses. Advocacy groups NY-Class and the ASPCA have joined together and come up with a green alternative for the turn of the century horse carriages — vintage electric cars! The classic cruisers are proposed to bring new, safe, and clean transportation to thousands of park visitors.

NY-Class, a non-profit standing for New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets, presented their two-foot model car (see it here) to city officials last week. The cars, which seat up to six people and a driver, are reminiscent of the iconic rides of the old New York elite like the Rockefellers, Guggenheims, and Vanderbilts. The designs include hanging side lanterns, built-in picnic baskets, and a convertible top that retracts in sections for warmer days.

The fleet of 68 electric cars will be for-hire, low-emission models running on five lithium-ion battery packs. They will be able to run for about 10 hours at speeds from 5 miles per hour to a maximum of 35 mph.

Jason Wenig from The Creative Workshop, a specialty automotive customization company, is the design brains behind the project. Well aware of the deep rooted connection to the iconic horse carriages, he is intent on winning hearts with his one of a kind vintage replicas. “My goal is to inspire both New Yorkers and visitors alike with the elegance and nostalgia of yesteryear by delivering incredible cars so that this inevitable change occurs enthusiastically.” He hopes these “show cars” will be so impressive that carriage drivers will be thrilled to switch over and pick out their own antique gem.

The bill to replace the carriages, named Intro 86, has been met with constant stiff resistance from both the carriage industry and city officials, causing years of delay. The cars are not only a safer and cleaner alternative for the horse and carriages, but most importantly, they keep the nostalgic, classic New York experience the city is known for.

You can sign the NY-Class petition to end carriage horse abuse here.

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  1. Jan Bowden March 18, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I cannot believe the ignorance in some of these posts! Horses better off where they are … they are not worked very hard… etc… how would you like to walk on concrete all day long, on the coldest of days to the hottest of days!?!? How would you like to be shut away in a concrete pen you can hardly move in??? How would you like to be blasted with city noises, tourists, cars honking, and not know a kind word or love, how would you feel if everyone ignored that you were in pain, and showed it with your head bowed down because you had lost the will to live!?!? People need to get your heads out of the sand and start FEELING!!! ANIMALS ARE NOT OURS TO EAT WEAR USE EXPERIMENT OR ABUSE!! Stop and put yourselves in their places for a change!!! Why do people think they are so superior to all living animals!!!

  2. Rob N Sandra Trippin August 22, 2013 at 9:14 am

    These vintage cruisers are pretty damn cool… Horse drawn carriages should be banned period.

  3. pmartine October 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I think the carriages should stay. The horses are better off standing by the park than other possible fates. Most likely they would be slaughtered. They do not work very hard and I do not believe they are usually treated badly. They add an old world charm to the city. It is sad the riding stable was closed a few years back. Most likely it will never return unless it is priced so high that only the very wealthy can afford

  4. Barbara Stork - Saddlem... October 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I love the cars. I think they would be a great addition to the park. I just don’t like that they are being used as an instrument to destroy the carriages. Suggesting that a carriage driver would be thrilled to drive one of these cars, is like suggesting that a veteran accomplished musician, accept a ban on his and every other musical instrument, but only in New york, and instead, if he doesn’t want to move away, nobody can say he wasn’t offered a job – one that is almost like playing music, but its way cool pressing of buttons on a cash register working in a way cool music store, and don’t you worry about all you have learned about that music. The cash register buttons are just as deep and challenging and full of mystery and thrill.