Two industries that ferry tourists around Central Park could be severely curtailed under a proposal from Mayor de Blasio. The compromise deal with the Teamsters Union that represents carriage drivers is not as draconian as the mayor’s initial plan to ban carriage horses entirely in Central Park.
It would reduce the number of carriages to 95 from 220, with a maximum of 75 allowed to operate in Central Park at a time. And it would move the stables from the horses into Central Park, with plans to spend $20 million in public funds to build a stable in the park: “It is like building a palace for a concessionaire,” said Betsy Barlow Rogers, a founder of the Central Park Conservancy. She thinks it “absolutely must be opposed.”
Pedicabs, meanwhile, would be banned below 85th street, which could decimate the industry. Pedicab drivers don’t have a union and are thus less powerful. They may sue, however.
A hearing on the plan is set for Friday.
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