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The faux-vintage electric car that horse advocates want to replace Central Parks carriage horses has classic white-walled tires, running boards, mahogany and an ah-hoogah horn.

On Thursday, in a fourth-floor conference room of Manhattans Hippodrome where circus horses once performed Jason Wenig set a model of it across the table from the cars sponsors.

Brass is going to be everywhere, and its going to be shiny and beautiful, said Mr. Wenig, who runs a customized car design shop in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

NY-Class, a nonprofit group that lobbies for the removal of the carriage horses from New York City, revealed the car for the first time on Thursday.

NY-Class, which stands for New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets, paid $12,500 to have the two-foot-long lime green model built. It is based on turn-of-the-20th-century cars. Lanterns perch on its sides. Tiny baskets that would carry a drivers lunch or extra blankets hang from it. Its convertible top rolls back in sections. The car is intended to hold up to six tourists.
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/20...l-park-horses/
 

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A move that will give them more horsepower.
 

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Very cute.


"Last year, a City Council measure pushed by NY-Class was introduced that would gradually phase out carriages horses and create a new class of for-hire low-emissions vehicles called "show cars" that would resemble antique cars, operate from a fixed place in the city and charge rates competitive with carriage-horse rates, Advocates hope that carriage owners would trade their carriage licenses for show car medallions."

Sounds like a great idea to me!

Annoying comment from carriage horse owner "I don't think there are any kids out there that are going to want to pet and kiss the fender of a car,"
Well, I don't think there are any kids out there that are going to want to see horses get hurt by getting overworked or hit by cars. And I can promise that a whole lot of kids LOVE cool cars.
 
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