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Federation of Black Cowboys

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A slice of the American West in Queens

Place Details

Borough : Queens
Neighborhood : Howard Beach
Institution, Gathering Place

Place Matters Profile

Deep in the heart of Queens, the Federation of Black Cowboys keeps some 25 horses at Cedar Lane Stables. Viewing the stark contrast of the stables and rodeo ring with the Howard Beach tract development, it is hard to imagine finding a comparable situation anywhere else in New York City, but somehow it seems to make sense. And the cowboys are glad they have this space.

The Cedar Lane Stables utilize a portion of about 25 acres of city-owned land with a corral the size of a football field, a recently renovated horse barn, as well as a portable holding office for the federation. The stables and horse stalls were upgraded in 2014, but for some years were dilapidated and structurally questionable. The horses held within were, and are, by contrast extremely well groomed, healthy, and, even in the middle of a January cold spell, happy.

While the federation owns...

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Burke, Kerry (Columbia News Service). "Brooklyn's Black Cowboys Ride an Urban Range." March 13, 2002.

Estep, Maggie. "Even Cowboys Get the Blues." Village Voice. June 11, 2002.

Federation of Black Cowboys.

Holley, Brandon. "The Wild, Wild East." Time Out New York. November 6-13, 1997.

Interview with Lenard Herbert, January 12, 2003.

Interview with Warren Small, January 12, 2003.

Interview with Federation of Black Cowboys, September 11, 2015.

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Cedar Lane Stables Historical Sign.

Ruhling, Nancy A. "Urban Cowboys." New York Newsday. June 1, 2001.

Tucker, Eric (Associated Press). "Black Cowboys Hit the Trail in New York." January 7, 2003.

Vanden Brook, Tom. "Black Cowboys Pass on Love of Horses to Schoolchildren." October 5, 2003.

On The Web

Federation of Black Cowboys Website


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