2007_03_horses.jpgHorse home, sweet horse home. Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg opened the new stables for the NYPD's Mounted Unit at Pier 76, near 36th Street. The new stables had to move after being faced with eviction by the Hudson River Park Trust, which wanted to continue renovations to the park and take over the space near 23rd Street.

The city was able to relocate the mounted unit fairly easily by redesigning the Tow Pound. Basketball City, though, which occupied space over the old mounted unit's home at Pier 63, wasn't so lucky. The new mounted-unit facility that houses Troop B (30 officers, 28 horses) is 22,500 square feet, with a 6,500 heated riding ring and horse showers!

The Hudson River Park Trust has been working on the "Chelsea Cove" part of the park that stretches between 22nd to 26th Streets. The Park will have a garden, a skate park, new piers, and a carousel with Hudson River animals. The carousel will actually be on Pier 62, which should be very cool.

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And the NYPD is going to increase the number of horses in the mounted division by almost 50% over the next few years. The Times reports Police Commissioner Ray Kelly as saying, “To me there is nothing more impressive than seeing officers on horseback. They add a sense of vigilance and order that are very important to the city.”