Electric Cars Introduced As Humane Alternative To New York City’s Carriage Horse Industry

BN-CK727_Carria_G_20140417155534New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made banning the horse-and-carriage rides in Central Park an issue in his election campaign, and said last week that he hopes to get them off the street by the end of the year. “Why continue to subject horses to a risky nose-to-tailpipe existence,” a spokeswoman for animal rights group NYCLASS said back in March, ”when there’s a gorgeous, cruelty-free alternative, the electric antique replica horseless carriage?”

Today NYCLASS unveiled a prototype of the proposed carriage: The elegant vintage electric car was designed for NYCLASS by The Creative Workshop (TCW), a car restoration business based in Florida. “We’re confident the vehicle we’ve created is a worthy successor to the original brass-era horseless carriage that roamed the canyons of New York City back in the day,” said TCW’s owner Jason Wenig in a statement. “The Horseless eCarriage celebrates the style and personality of that era.” According to the specs, the carriage can hold 8 passengers, hit a top speed of 30 mph and travel 100 miles on a battery, which takes about six hours to charge.  Although no one has answered the question of how they will replicate the iconic aroma of horse manure on a hot August day.

Signs of Spring in Central Park

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Tavern on the Green Re-Opening April 24th

New York’s iconic Tavern on the Green restaurant is finally re-opening this month in Central Park just in time for spring. Here’s the official Press Release:

LIGHTS… CAMERA… ACTION…TAVERN ON THE GREEN OPENS Tavern On The Green is open. That’s all one needs to say to gather excitement for the beloved New York restaurant, which re-enters the Central Park and New York dining landscape Thursday April 24, 2014 when a preview dinner menu begins, with brunch service Mother’s Day weekend May 10 & 11, and a full grand opening (outdoor seating weather permitting) serving lunch, brunch and dinner Tuesday May 13, 2014. For reservations www.tavernonthegreen.com or 212-877-TOTG (8684)

Restaurateurs Jim Caiola and David Salama of The Emerald Green Group, along with Chef Katy Sparks (whom Jim first met after they graduated from Johnston & Wales University in Providence, RI), and General Manager Celso Moreira, have created a Tavern for this generation of diners. Jim and David’s aim to re-establish Tavern On The Green as a restaurant for all, New Yorkers and visitors alike, restores this renowned dining hub to its Upper West Side neighborhood. Tavern On The Green will celebrate New York and Central Park in all its glory, embracing the limitless, delicious foods for which this diverse culinary city is known. The menu is contemporary, dynamic and accessible, allowing the quality of the seasonal ingredients and cooking to take center stage. Magical is a word thrown around a lot when discussing Tavern On The Green and one . . . → Read More: Tavern on the Green Re-Opening April 24th

Ice Skating on Wollman Rink

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Snow in Central Park – 2014

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