The audio recording, “Enjoying the Ride: The Irish in the NYC Horse and Carriage Industry, Then and Now,” explores the horses as a feature of the urban landscape of New York City for over 150 years, before the opening of Central Park, the primary site of carriages today.

As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council are poised to introduce legislation to ban carriage horses, a new podcast recording by Glucksman Ireland House NYU traces the history of the Irish and their connection to the urban workhorse.

The audio recording, “Enjoying the Ride: The Irish in the NYC Horse and Carriage Industry, Then and Now,” explores the horses as a feature of the urban landscape of New York City for over 150 years, before the opening of Central Park, the primary site of carriages today. At one time, these living machines powered the transportation and commercial growth of the city, and Irish immigrants were essential to their care. Irish immigrants and their descendants still represent a large percentage of the stable owners, drivers, and handlers of horses. The recording looks at the horses and immigrant New Yorkers’ pivotal role not only to the tourist trade, but to the construction, retail, social, and commercial life of New York.

“Enjoying the Ride: the Irish in the NYC Horse and Carriage Industry, Then and Now” premieres at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 13, on the Glucksman Ireland House NYU Radio Hour (WNYE / 91.5 FM HD radio at http://www.nyuirish.net/radiohour/ and at www.irishradio.com). It can also be found on the website of Glucksman Ireland House NYU (http://irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu/page/ohp.podcasts) beginning Monday, December 15. The podcast series of which this recording is a part is the Glucksman Ireland House NYU Oral History of Irish America Project. With nine podcast recordings and over 300 oral history interviews, it is one of the largest oral history projects focused on the Irish in America, and a valuable resource within the Archives of Irish America, Division of Libraries NYU.

For further information on the horse carriage project, please contact Linda Dowling Almeida, PhD, lda2024@nyu.edu , or 212.998.3950

About Glucksman Ireland House NYU:

Glucksman Ireland House is NYU’s Center for Irish and Irish-American Studies and one of the top-ranked academic Irish Studies programs in the United States. Through innovative undergraduate and graduate academic curricula and extensive public programming, it provides access to the best in Irish and Irish-American culture.

About the Glucksman Ireland House NYU Oral History of Irish America Project:

Glucksman Ireland House NYU’s Oral History of Irish America Project’s goal is to record the experiences of a wide range of Irish Americans towards an understanding of the durability and elasticity of ethnic identity over time. Over 300 interviews form this collection, capturing a cross section of memories from men and women whose life histories intersect with culture, education, religion, media, business, government and the professions, whether the individual is an immigrant or removed by several generations from Ireland. The digitally recorded oral histories are deposited in New York University’s Division of Libraries as part of the Glucksman Ireland House Oral History Collection (AIA030) in the Archives of Irish America.

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