Most Central Park carriage horse news consists of sad tales of animals just collapsing and dying on the street. Today’s story is a little more exciting, though also ultimately sad. This afternoon, a horse-drawn carriage carrying two passengers overturned after colliding with a car at 59th Street and Seventh Avenue. The horse escaped the wreckage and — with its haress and, for at least some of the time, part of the carriage still attached — ran all the way to 57th Street and Ninth Avenue before it “slowed to a stop right behind the cars and waited for the light,” according to one witness. With the help of a passerby, a cop then managed to tie the “terrified” and bloody animal to a lampost before shooting it with a tranquilizer dart, causing it to slump to the ground. Eventually, the horse got up and was led into the back of a police truck, which hopefully transported it to a place less scary than midtown.
Axios on HBO: “Republicans claimed that John Kerry was a traitor in Vietnam. That Barack Obama was a Muslim. If you were to win the nomination, they’ll say you’re too young, too liberal, too gay to be commander-in-chief. You are young. You are a liberal. You are gay. How will you respond?”
Pete Buttigieg: “I’ll respond by explaining where I want to lead this country. People will elect the person who will make the best president. And we have had excellent presidents who have been young. We have had excellent presidents who have been liberal. I would imagine we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were gay — we just didn’t know which ones.”
Axios on HBO: “You believe that we’ve had a gay commander-in-chief?”
Pete Buttigieg: “I mean, statistically, it’s almost certain.”
Axios on HBO: “In your reading of history, do you believe you know who they were?”
Pete Buttigieg: “My gaydar even doesn’t work that well in the present, let alone retroactively. But one can only assume that’s the case.”