An entrepreneur found a popular corner to set up shop last week. Or maybe he was making a last stand against gentrification. In either case, things were getting hairy.

Thanks to Rosanna Apsan for the photo.

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    1. Ish Kabibble says:

      Now THIS is the kind of thing I can support!

    2. Sue says:

      Gross – where does all that hair go?
      I thought was gross when people groom their dogs in the park, now this!? Unsanitary!

      • Cat says:

        The hair flies into Ray’s Papaya of course, lol. Seriously though, where are people grooming dogs in the park? That’s something I haven’t seen (yet).

      • Paul says:

        Relax, Sue. The hair goes in the hot dogs. You didn’t know that?

      • Nelson says:

        …it goes right into your hot dog bun! Ewww. And I’m with you, Sue, about the giant dog fur balls in the park. If pet owners can pooper scoop, they should clean up the hairballs, too!

      • steve says:

        meh, that area is one of the filthiest parts of the UWS anyway, I can’t imagine this makes it much worse

    3. Rodger Lodger says:

      Where are you supposed to sit while you’re waiting?

    4. UWSHebrew says:

      It looks charming but it’s actually gross. Now the UWS is becoming Washington Heights, where you can do anything you want on the sidewalk.

    5. Joel says:

      No more unsanitary than everything else that you might find on a busy UWS street. May he prosper!

    6. DrMary says:

      Sue, with everything on the streets and in the air all the time you think a little hair is unsanitary??? LOL!!! What in the world are you doing living in NYC?? What do you wear when you leave your apartment, a HAZMAT suit?

    7. Ed says:

      Gives new meaning to the expression, “hair of the dog”‘

    8. Li J says:

      Ever heard of Mark Bustos? Look him up on IG. He’s a well known hairstylist ftom the Village that grooms the homeless and poor all over the world for free. He started a trend with barbers.What’s more gross is touching public door handles/knobs.

      • Cato says:

        “Look him up on IG.”

        What does he have to do with the Inspector General? Is he being investigated for breaking a law?

    9. Stella Dallas says:

      Looking for a job as a manicurist. Is he hiring ?

    10. Carlos says:

      Everyone here is always complaining that there are not enough local businesses. There you go. As long as he is paying fair rent for the space.

    11. Jane says:

      It might interest you to know that birds find dog hair an excellent material for building their nests. It IS all natural!

    12. UWSSurfer says:


      This is the antidote to the banks, phone carriers, and Starbucks taking over our neighborhood.

      Maybe we won’t become a mall after all!

    13. wombatNYC says:

      At first glance the photo looks like a WSR Throwback entry . Well Done

    14. Nukleopatra says:

      While I’m sure a few will be amused by this “only in New York” moment, it’s devoid of class and quite disgusting. It never fails to surprise me how trashy NYC can be at times. This type of behavior should be shunned, not celebrated.

    15. Sherman says:

      This little patch @ 72nd & Amsterdam is awful.

      It’s dirty and grimy and full of homeless people. It also smells.

      Now some dude is giving haircuts there. Wonderful.

    16. Derek says:

      On the UWS? This guy doesn’t stand a chance. The whiners will be out in droves against him.

    17. GG says:

      What someone really needs to do is put a couch and a chair out there and start giving psychotherapy sessions.:)

      Why not? This is supposedly the new “Gig Economy”, per Thomas Friedman. This guy is just getting his “side hustle” on, as we are all being encouraged to do, right?

      We should be applauding the ingenuity and the entrepreneurial spirit. What could be more American?!? U.S.A!!! U.S.A.!!!!

    18. MarkM says:

      What does he charge? I can use the money saved from boycotting businesses involved with greedy landlords (Triumph Hotels) to spend it here.

    19. Rosanna says:

      No shampoo?

    20. ron shapley says:

      Where’s his license posted ??

    21. Bobby says:

      i’m getting my next cut there

    22. Kylee the Cattledog says:

      Next will be giving Brazilian waxes on the sidewalk.

    23. Tony says:

      Haircut maybe, Gray’s, not until I get an apology for a soaked bun in sauerkraut water. After one soaked bite the server said “you already ate it.” I’ve tried to reach the owner to help educate his immigrant help, to no avail.

      By the way, what happened to their typical topical signage. Could the owner be a “deplorable”?

    24. Steven says:

      Does he do coloring?