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Kensington Stables in Brooklyn
51 Caton Place
I remember them well. I did see something about the building next door going from a riding arena to a warehouse. This is not true. I, and so many others spent wonderful days and nights, for years skating on the beautiful floor of Park Circle Roller Rink before they trashed it and turned it into a warehouse, so sad.
It is like it never was, and this is upsetting. I remember when the weather warmed up and Jack or one of the guards would open the back door, no a/c back then, and we could smell the stables. Being a member of the Figure and Dance Club, besides the sessions, we spent long hours in instruction and practice. There was a snackbar down in the right corner near the back doors. We also used to go across the street in back to the bowling alley for lunch.
The floor was redone at least once a year, a beautiful shine and was so easy to skate on.
Please those who remember, let this place not just disappear, it brought enjoyment and friendship to so many. I think even some marriages came out of folks meeting there.
Those were the “good old days”.
Webster off CI ave
By any wild chance….Greenport?
That is Kensington Stables, on Caton Place in Brooklyn, I would know it anywhere! Those stables have been in business since well before 1962, which was when I started riding out of there. I have very fond memories of joyful cantors through Prospect Park. They’re still in business!
By the way, equestrians, you’ll be glad to know that a bale of hay costs less in NYC than it does out here in Arizona. A few months ago the internet edition of The Queens Chronicle ran an article about a riding academy in Flushing, which among other things, noted the cost of hay. I printed it to show a native Arizonan friend. She read it & commented that she wished that she buy hay for her two horses at the same price as in Flushing. Go figure.
Of course hay costs more in Arizona, it’s mostly desert. Here in New York we get more rain than Seattle. If the ranchers in Arizona hadn’t overgrazed the cattle, there would be grasslands of native bunch grasses instead of scrubland.
Actually, if you’ve heard, the Arizona landscape is not all “scrubland”. There is also a lot of pasture as well, but you only see the Arizona lands as deserts since that is the state’s stereotype. Anyway, there is also a horse barn in Manhattan near 11th Avenue in the Javits Center area.
p.s. back then you rarely if ever saw an English saddle ;+)
kensington stables at e. 8th street and caton place in brooklyn.
Kensington Stables Canton Place and East 8th Street
Caton not Canton
Kensington Stables in Brooklyn, Caton Place & E 8th Street
My husband says Kensington Stables, south of Prospect Park. He just joined the mounted auxiliary police and can now ride in Central Park for free (minus the cost of the uniform)!
Flushing near 164 St.,Kissena Park & the cemetary?
prospect park stables
Kensington Stables in the Prospect Park area on Caton Ave at E 8 St (as I was guessing even before I saw all these comments)?
By the way, the poster named Tyler who wrote”Canton Place” above should know that no such street exists in NYC that has a horse stable along its length. Or maybe at all.
There is a Canton Court in Gerritsen Beach. Also a Hazel Court in that same area, which was also the name of an actress who appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Presents and other dramatic anthologies. Presumably coincidence. What’ I’m sure was NOT coincidence, however, is Tennis Court in Flatbush. Must have been intended as a joke.
When I was a kid, I used to go the the Brooklyn Children’s Museum on Saturday mornings for classes. I would see the horses walking in the street or sometimes down the median on Ocean Parkway. I thought it was really cool to see horses in the street! My mom told me about the stable and drove past it to prove it was really there. I thought they rode all the way from the Jamaica Bay Riding Academy off the Belt Parkway. As a kid, I thought it was incredible to see horses and a stable on a city street. Fond memory from my childhood. Thanks!
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