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Down the Bridle Path: Exploring the Vestiges of Greenwich Village’s Equine Past

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The New York Landmarks Conservancy in partnership with The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York cordially invites you to:


Down the Bridle Path: Exploring the Vestiges of Greenwich Village’s Equine Past

Gregory Dietrich, Gregory Dietrich Preservation Consulting

For centuries New Yorkers relied on horses to transport them uptown, downtown, crosstown, and beyond, often retracing the paths created by the Native Americans on horseback who came before them. However, nearly all of the City’s equine culture has been forgotten, supplanted by a cacophony of cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles. And yet this history is not only present, but especially palpable in Greenwich Village, which still offers vestiges of the City’s equine past through its former horse walks, stables, and mews.

Join architectural historian, Gregory Dietrich, as he takes you down the bridle path of this all but forgotten, yet tangible, legacy of Village horse culture.

In addition to his consulting work, he served as an adjunct professor at FIT between 2008 and 2018 and currently teaches a seminar within the Urban Design and Architecture Studies Program at NYU. In addition to teaching, Mr. Dietrich is regularly engaged as a guest speaker, tour guide, moderator, and panelist on a wide variety of preservation topics. For more information, please visit Gregory Dietrich Preservation Consulting.

Pictured: “Streetcar in the Snow”, Harper’s Weekly, February 24th 1872

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