Claremont Stables (Thursday Doors)
of course things
change—never the same–
what seems to
travels through what was not there
to new forms other
shadows faint voices almost
glimpsed through altered light
I remember when Claremont Stables, on West 89th Street, was full of horses and you saw riders frequently in Central Park. Now the bridal paths are used for walking.
I did see a policeman on a horse the other day–but it’s been a long time since I saw anyone else on horseback in the city.
Although once scheduled for demolition as part of a “renewal” project, the building was landmarked in 1990 and thus spared. I think the architecture is definitely worth preserving.
Built in the late 1800s and closed in 2007, the stables are now part of a school, with Ballet Hispanico occupying the next door building.
Claremont Riding Academy has its own Wikipedia page where you can read a bit more about the history of the building.
My poem, a shadorma, is once again is for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday, poet’s choice.
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