Four weeks back, NBC’s Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon joined Liam Neeson in supporting the Central Park Carriage Horses.
Said Fallon during the interview with Neeson, “Horse and carriage is kind of a tradition. You go around Central Park,” On idea of replacing the Central Park horse drawn carriages with antique looking cars, Fallon said, “That drives me crazy,” “What is it (Central Park)? An amusement park?”
He concluded by joking,
"I'd rather just get humans to pull the carriages, whatever we have to do,"
But when you're the New God of Late Nite in New York, you have unimaginable power.
We’re not certain how Mayor de Blasio and NYClass will react to people dressed up as horses pulling carriages, but we do know that Jimmy Fallon got it right when he said that the, “Horse and carriage is kind of a tradition.”
In fact, it is a beloved tradition in New York City and one that residents want to keep. New York voters are overwhelmingly opposed to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to ban horse-drawn carriages, according to a Quinnipiac poll released on March 19th. The Quinnipiac survey found that 64 percent of those polled want to see the horses stay, versus 24 percent who want to ban them.
So until Jimmy Fallon is a true benign god lording over all of New York City rather than just Late Nite, we at IconicNYC.org will continue to fight to keep the Central Park Carriage Horses and the livelihood of 300 hardworking New Yorkers.