Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Good news, bad news

Fisticuffs in Hell's Kitchen?
A cheerful correspondent on W. 45th Street tells me that he witnessed the standard angry gridlock Tuesday evening around 6 p.m. Turns out a testy taxi driver was madly honking his horn directly behind a horse-drawn carriage approaching Shamrock Stables. We're told that the carriage driver had some special words for the cabbie, along the lines of: "What the heck? It's a horse! Give it a break!" Good news, of course, the horse made it safely into the stable. Bad news is that the horse has to work in those conditions every day.
I could say more of the bad news faced by the carriage horses that must walk up steep ramps at various stables to get cramped stalls, but I'll leave it at that. The road rage in this neighborhood is classic, what with drivers hell-bound for New Jersey and cabbies who just filled up the tank at the Hess station.

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