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Manhattan horse stable set to close

The owner of the stable where horses lived among Manhattanites for more than a century will close it this weekend.

A living memento of 19th-century New York, the Claremont Riding Academy, will close down Sunday afternoon, owner Paul Novograd said.

Claremont has offered lessons and hired out horses for riding on Central Park's 6 miles (10 kilometers) of bridle paths, but so many pedestrians now use the paths that riding has become difficult, Novograd said.

Claremont opened as a livery stable in 1892 and became a riding academy in the 1920s, he said.

Its West 89th Street building features a riding ring, with stalls on floors above and below. Horses make their way up and down on ramps.

Over the years, United Nations ambassadors, fashion models, actors, tourists and many others have ridden at Claremont. A chase scene in the 1981 movie "Eyewitness," which starred William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver, was shot in the stable. Some of the horses have appeared in soap operas and posed for magazine ads.

Claremont will find new homes for the roughly 45 horses living there now, Novograd said.