Claremont Riding Academy
Riding along West 90th Street headed to Central Park, I was armed with a horse, a map, a few instructions and rules, and a last chance to enjoy one of the many cultural Manhattan pastimes that are falling victim to residential land development.
Above is Nelly's head. Described as a "forward mare," she is a spunky Thoroughbred who took me on a spirited jog around The Reservoir.
The park was so overrun with pedestrians and dogs that I was only able to trot and canter over a few short lengths of the six-mile bridal path. Nor was I able to grab any quick camera phone photo ops of the gorgeous paths lined with flowering ornamental cherry trees since I was constantly on the lookout for stray children and offhand joggers. I wish I had known about the stable during the colder months when the park wasn't so crowded.
Under the canopy of trees on West 89th Street
Upon exiting the park, I joined two other riders, who were also heading back to the stables.
Riders pose with their mounts prior to the press conference
Reporters interview community members and riders
The two above photos are hazy because I dropped my phone during the conference and cracked the camera lens; Verizon is sending me a new one - for a price, of course. The replacement fee is $50.
I wonder what sterile condo or analogous retail window
will assume this historic and cultural landmark.