The horse heads left behind on old stables

Regal horse head statues like these still dot old buildings in every borough in the city, and it’s kind of a thrill to be out on a walk and discover new ones right in your own neighborhood.

They’re stately reminders that New York City was built on the backs of horses. Almost every block had stables where working horses were fed and allowed to rest.


This one above is affixed to an old stable on a side street in Clinton Hill.

An entirely different horse head watches over a building off Madison Street on the Lower East Side.

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One Response to “The horse heads left behind on old stables”

  1. Scott Gross Says:

    Do you have any historic photos of the old Bloomingdale horse stables located at 232 E. 59th Street (now the Fine Arts Building).


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