(Rebecca Fishbein) Mayor-elect de Blasio has vowed to ban carriage horses in the city, having previously made it one of his earliest campaign pledges. And though many animal rights activists are anxiously awaiting the end of the controversial industry, it appears tourists are flocking to the carriage horses before they become future relics.

Out-of-towners have been making their way to Central Park in droves lately, according to the Daily News, hoping to get a ride on a horse-drawn carriage before the practice potentially ends. "You see them in movies and TV shows. You want to come here and experience it. They are such a part of New York, of the park," Brenda Shannon, a tourist from Belfast, told the tabloid. "People love them."

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