NEW YORK, N.Y. — The court has ordered a hold on a new rule that would change where the New York City carriage horses pick up customers.

The rule was adopted by the New York City Department of Transportation on Jan. 4 and was set to take effect by Feb. 15.

But a lawsuit that was filed before the rule was even adopted, seeks to prevent the rule from being implemented. On Jan. 8, New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron ordered the defendants to not interfere with the operation of the carriage business — aside from normal enforcement of traffic and health rules already in effect — until further court notice.

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The horses currently line up on Central Park South just outside of Central Park. The new rule would move them inside the park to wait between rides.

The complaint was filed in New York State Supreme Court by Attorney Angelo A. DiGangi on behalf of Giovanni Paliotta, who owns a carriage business, and those similarly situated. Mayor DeBlasio and several cities agencies are named as defendants.

Another court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 8.

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