Giddyup: NYPD Mounted Unit to Move from Downtown Home

Friday, May 13, 2011  |  Updated 9:34 AM EDT
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Giddyup: NYPD Horse Unit to Move

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The NYPD is moving its horse unit out of Tribeca, where it has been for 99 years, and many residents in Lower Manhattan are upset.

The mounted unit is moving to allow for new offices related to policing the World Trade Center, according to the New York Post.

About a dozen horses are stabled at 19 Varick St. They will move to the NYPD horse facility on West 38th Street, or to stables in the outer boroughs, according to the paper.

Tribeca's community board has voted unanimously to oppose the move, and the cause has even attracted the attention of actor Harvey Keitel, the Post said.

Lower Manhattan residents say the neighborhood's narrow cobblestone streets can be hard for police cars to navigate at high speeds. They argue horses are ideal for the district, which also encompasses City Hall -- the site of many massive protests.

"We need the mounted unit," said Julie Menin, chairwoman of Community Board 1.

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