Claremont Stables (Thursday Doors)

of course things
change—never the same–
what seems to
be always
travels through what was not there
before—shifts slightly–

doors open
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.

And as always, you can join in Thursday doors here.

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32 responses to “Claremont Stables (Thursday Doors)”

  1. Dan Antion says :

    This building is beautiful – clearly worth saving. The doors and gates are impressive, as are your thoughts on change.

    I hope you’re having a good week. (I know the look of that brown water).

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  2. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    Claremont Riding Academy is a beautiful place. I’m always in awe of how beautiful the architecture in NYC is. I grew up in Milwaukee, WI and that is another old city with interesting buildings. I’ve not been back in years. I wonder how many have been torn down and replaced with ugly concrete square boxes? A beautiful shadorma, Kerfe. I always enjoy your posts. ❤

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  3. Ingrid says :

    Hard to imagine horses there now, but I’m glad they preserved the building!

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  4. Manja Maksimovič says :

    Beautifully rounded door-words and word-doors.

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  5. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    I love that poem. “other narratives overlapped” and what a cool building. I am so glad it got spared and that you shared the history. It would be nice to still have horses about…

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  6. Claudia McGill says :

    Knowing the history adds another dimension to your poem. I understand about the evolution of familiar sights as they fade into memory and the current version is almost foreign.

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  7. davisbrotherlylove says :

    Hi K, Wish I could see your pics but, alas I’m away from home with a low bandwidth wifi. There used to be a carriage house on 24th street behind the 23rd street Post Office, so I can imagine what it must look like. Will check it out when I return.

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  8. RuthScribbles says :

    oh! I never knew about this place. (I grew up on the lower east side.) Thanks for sharing!

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  9. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Your poem is beautiful, Marta and the doors too are superb.

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  10. robertawrites235681907 says :

    I do enjoy your doors, Kerfe. The buildings around where you live have so much character. A lovely poem too.

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  11. judeitakali says :

    This is amazing. The poetry and the history.

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  12. Nelsapy says :

    Reblogged this on Nelsapy.

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  13. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Definitely worth preserving. It’s a unique place with a charming history. Revisioning it’s use is a wonderful way for it to continue to play a role in the community. Lovely poem, Kerfe. I sensed the nostalgia as well as the ghosts.


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