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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Horsing Around

Many visitors see NYC as a concrete jungle with no respite from a continuous bombardment of stimuli - noise, traffic, crowding - a nice place to visit but how could you live here. But that is primarily because visitors generally do not frequent those places (with some exceptions like Central Park) or engage in those activities that residents look to for relaxation and recreation. There is a large gamut of activities in NYC that residents partake in that may come as a surprise such as kayaking, tennis, birdwatching, biking, swimming, baseball, volleyball, pétanque, sailing, surfing, sledding, ice skating, gardening and horseback riding - the photo shows a lesson being had in a riding ring in Prospect Park Brooklyn. There are riding trails in every borough including Manhattan (Central Park). One of the biggest surprises is Claremont Riding Academy, the only stable in Manhattan (other than the mounted police - click here for a previous post). They occupy an entire building in the center of the upper west side - a multistory barn with riding ring. Over 100 horses are stabled there. Seeing horses in the city is always a welcome surprise - horses are large, magnificent animals and many of us can't resist the urge to indulge the relatively rare encounter - watching and if we're lucky enough, making contact ...


RamblingRound said...

Another reason why I enjoy DPB. So many surprises in so many cities!

Nahtalie said...

magnificent animal indeed.
I am amazed at how wintery this scene still is. Not many signs of spring around, are there?

Anonymous said...

A nice story.

I never think of things unseen in cities but if you look I am sure they are there for those who know about them.

The colors in the photograph as very nice.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

Brian said...

It's been a very cold spring until the last few days when things finally broke - now we're seeing highs near 80 degrees.

annulla said...

Looks as though you discovered it just in time. After 115 years, today at 5:00 p.m., Claremont Riding Academy will shut its doors forever.

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