As it stands now in NYC, the carriages do operate primarily in and around Central Park. They travel too and from their stables by designated routes during their shift changes. The carriage horse owners have been asking for years for further restriction of motor traffic in tthe Central Park area or for a designated carriage lane. The animal rights extremists have been fighting against these changes because they WANT to keep things as dangerous as possible so they can acheive their goal of outlawing the NYC carriages alltoghther.
The outlawing of he NYC carriages is jsut one little step in their overall goal to totally ban horse-drawn carriages worldwide. They have a group called Horses Without Carriages International with that exact goal in mond. And they are not going to be satisfied with banning "jut" tourist" or "hack" carriages. They want to eventually ban ANY horse being hitched to any carriage-- I don't know how they expect to get this enforced against the Amish and other buggy-using Plain People.