Chateau Stables–Christmas in Hell’s Kitchen

This weekend, I took a walk over to the Christmas Faire at Chateau Stables on 48th Street, between 11th and 12th Avenues.  They are a family run stable that provides theatrical animals, carriage rides, horse and pony rides and hosts parties in their stables.  I had never visited but had to come take a peek. As in every NYC stable I have visited, I was invited to go upstairs, see all the horses and staff.  The animals were relaxed, happy to greet people, take a carrot and be petted!  It was great to see the young people with the ponies, taking rides, having new encounters with the animals.  I met a family who had traveled from PA, their Dad had worked in these stables as a young man.

It was a little bit like traveling back in time… and a piece of the Hell’s Kitchen I love.

Diego

Diego

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Pony ride!

Pony ride!

after the ride

after the ride

 

Hey, this is pretty cool

Hey, this is pretty cool

 

Santa and the cat

Santa and the cat

 

Chateau Stable Cat

 

 

 

 

 

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Santa at Chateau Stables

 

 

 

Conversation with Wild Geese

This was the last week of my ICP class with Linda Cummings.  Daily Practice: The Photo Journal has been a transformative experience. We each developed a project which was presented on our last evening together.

My project was an interactive photobook, “A Conversation with Wild Geese.”  The book was created in response to Mary Oliver’s poem, “Wild Geese“.  I have posted about the initial work on the project.  It developed into a photobook and a series of postcards.  The book invites the viewer to pick out a postcard of one of the images and write a note to me, to a friend, to the poet, etc…to continue the conversation I hope my images and the poem engender.

A Conversation with Wild Geese

 

Interactive Photobook with postcards

Interactive Photobook with postcards

Scattered through the book are postcards for you to select and send...continuing the conversation.

Scattered through the book are postcards for you to select and send…continuing the conversation.

If you would like me to send you a postcard, leave me a message with your address and I will happily send you one, selected at random.

From A Conversation with Wild Geese

From A Conversation with Wild Geese

From A Conversation with Wild Geese

From A Conversation with Wild Geese

 

 

 

Rally for Jobs and Horses

Hundreds Rally in support of the Carriage Horses of Central Park on the steps of City Hall

Hundreds Rally in support of the Carriage Horses of Central Park on the steps of City Hall

Yesterday, I attended a rally at City Hall for the Carriage Horse Industry.  Hundred of drivers, workers and their families were joined by Teamsters, other union members, New Yorkers and animal lovers to protest the Mayor’s introduction of a bill in the City Council to ban the horses by 2016.  It was a day of rallies at City Hall, rallies for and against the Carriage Horses, a “die-in” calling for a further inquiry into the death of Eric Garner. It is an important moment for the Mayor and Council to get their priorities straight.

I was at the rally standing for the horses in my Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood who bring beauty and majesty with their calm and peaceful spirits to the neighborhood and to thousands who visit them in Central Park every day.  And to stand with the carriage owners, drivers and workers and their families who have broken no laws, and care for their horses with deep love, respect and pride.

It was the biggest rally to date in support of keeping the horses in NYC.  The Teamsters were out in full force, joined by 10 plus other unions including 32 BJ SEIU.

A highlight of the rally was getting to connect with Jon Katz and Maria Wulf, who came down from Bedlam Farm upstate to participate. Jon has been an eloquent and important voice writing and speaking out on behalf of the drivers and horses and the importance of having working animals in our midst!  Maria, a fiber artist created a beautiful quilt depicting the bond between horses and humans, which appeared in a sign brought to the rally by Pamela Rickenbach of Blue Star Equiculture.

Here are some photographs from the rally.  It was a hugely positive day and we have a long way to go. The majority of Councilmembers remain undecided. It will be about a six month process before the bill comes up for a vote. I am cautiously optimistic. I hope you will take a moment to write your Councilmember and ask them to vote against the bill.

Stephen Malone at the podium.

Stephen Malone at the podium.

Angel Hernandez, Carriage Horse Driver

Angel Hernandez, Carriage Horse Driver

Representative from 32 BJ SEIU adds his support.

Representative from 32 BJ SEIU adds his support.

Maria Wulf and Jon Katz

Maria Wulf and Jon Katz

Frank is a carriage driver I met over a year ago when I visited Clinton Park Stables  It was great to meet his family.

Frank is a carriage driver I met over a year ago when I visited Clinton Park Stables It was great to meet his family.

Teamsters from NJ joined Rally for Carriage Horses!

Teamsters from NJ joined Rally for Carriage Horses!

High School student, Alexandra Summa launched a post card campaign to save the carriage horses.

Alexandra Summa, launched a post card campaign to save the carriage horses.

Professor of Veterinary medicine and expert on the abuse of horses speaks about the excellent health and living and working conditions of the Central Park horses.

Professor of Veterinary medicine and expert on the abuse of horses speaks about the excellent health and living and working conditions of the Central Park horses.

Demos P. Demopoulos, Sec-Treas of the Teamsters, Local 533

Demos P. Demopoulos, Sec-Treas of the Teamsters, Local 533

Maria Wulf with Poster of her quilt and Pamela Rickenbach

Maria Wulf with Poster of her quilt and Pamela Rickenbach

Bhairavi Desai, the Executive Director of the Taxi Workers Alliance.  "We are in the struggle together..."

Bhairavi Desai, the Executive Director of the Taxi Workers Alliance. “We are in the struggle together…”

Calling all horse lovers! Christina Hansen, carriage horse driver and advocate.

Calling all horse lovers!
Christina Hansen, carriage horse driver and advocate.