I live in Hells’ Kitchen, just a few blocks from Clinton Park Stables. I love having the carriage horses in our neighborhood, the sounds of the hoofs, the brief exchanges and waves as the horses are on their way home in the evening….
There is a huge fight underway to ban the horse carriages from NYC. I wanted to see through my camera a bit more about the lives of the horses, their drivers and the people who work the stables. I visited Clinton Park stables three times over this past week and received a wonderful welcome. I wanted my camera to be a nonpartisan lens.
I saw working partners, a little magic, a little theatre, history, grit, majesty, and much tenderness.
Thanks so much to Stephen Malone for his generosity. Stephen is a spokesperson for the Horse and Carriage Association and one of the 35 owners of the Clinton Park Stables, the largest of the four carriage horse stables in the city. He gave me a tour of the stables and shared the story of Clinton Park Stables and the horses and drivers that work together here. If you would like to help save the carriage horses, please visit the Save NYC Carriage Horses.