Cop On Horse Draws Thousands To Times Square
New York’s Times Square was swarming in tourists this week as word spread that the area features a police officer mounted on a horse.
“Unbelievable,” said Morris Oskey of Crest Oaks, Delaware, one of several people gathered around the police officer Monday to take digital photos with his cell-phone camera.
“It’s an actual cop on an actual, living breathing horse,” added Oskey as the horse performed a bodily function other than breathing, causing the crowd to gasp in delight and awe.
Another tourist, Cynthia Maynard, who lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts, said that when she first saw Sgt. Ray Iannova and his horse, Kojak, on 45th Street and 7th Avenue, she ran across the street to the NYPD substation in the middle of Times Square to ask if the rider was a real police officer.
“They said he was – with a real badge and working gun,” Maynard gushed. “They said he’s even allowed to write tickets and arrest people.”
“See, the thing is, we don’t need horses anymore,” said Phillip Krebs, a visitor from Wallingford, Connecticut. “We can use cars and motorcycles and bicycles .. it’s not like the olden days. And here’s this cop who chooses to be on a horse. How cool is that?”
After allowing the civilians to be photographed alongside Kojak, Iannova dazzled the crowd with a demonstration of how he could get Kojak to gently step backward, then turn and gallop away. “It’s just like the movies,” one woman shouted.
The crowd of tourists lingered on the spot for another hour, hoping in vain to snap a picture of whoever it was who cleaned up the horse’s manure.
“This is what makes America great and New York the greatest goddam city in the world,” said Queens-born Andrew Gillespie, now living in Chicago but visiting friends in town this week. “Where else you gonna see something like this? Canada?”