Sadly, riding in the city is better done in the back of a taxi than atop a horse. You may see riders in Central Park but given the onslaught of potential hazards, from dogs and joggers in your path, to busy streets en route to the Bridle Path, we recommend city horseback-riding solely for stalwart equestrians. There are a fair number of academies nearby and we list them here if time allows you to investigate these options. We do wholeheartedly recommend the few remaining wonderful shops for the never ending demands of tack and garb.
Gramercy is a small residential neighborhood filled with young families with children, dogs, or children and dogs, centered on Gramercy Park, a locked space between 20th and 21st Streets, Park Avenue South, and Third Avenue. The gated park is for the residents of the square, including the National Arts Club and the Gramercy Hotel. The lovely little street that abuts the park from the south, Irving Place, is the area’s own Restaurant Row.