Designer Working on Horseless Carriage for NYC

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    A car designer is building a prototype of an electric "horseless carriage" that animal advocates hope will replace New York City's horse-drawn carriages.

    Jason Wenig of the Creative Workshop is basing his design after a 1909 Pierce-Arrow and Packard, according to the Daily News.

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    He says his Dania Beach, Fla. workshop was contracted by New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets to build the car. It seats eight people and will cost about $450,000 to make.

    The group says it wants to get the horseless carriage on the streets of New York City as part of a pilot program. It hopes it could eventually replace horse-drawn carriages.

    City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito is in favor of the pilot project but it doesn't have the support of Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

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