Claremont Stables, A Place That Matters
February 10th, 2010, 8:34 pm
For those who yen to ride horseback in Central Park but find themselves without a horse, Claremont Stables is a place that matters. The Claremont Stables, known now as the Claremont Riding Academy, is one of the few stables left in Manhattan and is the only one open to the public. Still in its original 1892 home at 175 West 89th St., Claremont is one of the last remnants of the time that horses were integral to the city’s functioning. A city landmark, the stables retain many original features, like the word “Claremont” chiseled in the frieze, and is a true survivor. Claremont navigated the transition from vital community facility to valued community resource, then, with community support, overcame a proposed urban renewal scheme. Recently renovated, it is now an Upper West Side institution. More information about the stables is available here.