Sign of the Times: An Outfit That Insures You’ll Practice Social Distancing

It can be tough to navigate New York without bumping into people, but one man spotted on 68th Street and Broadway made for damn sure that he’ll have the room he needs to maneuver around this crowded city. Hey, every era gets the hero it deserves.

Thanks to Caitlin Riederer for the photo.

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    1. Nelson says:

      The new “hoop skirt!” Where can I get one??

    2. C says:

      Hilarious! I’ve had people walk right up to me in the middle of the park with plenty of space. Maybe I will make one, too! Looks like a stripped umbrella with strings and dowels. Very creative.

    3. J. L. Rivers says:

      If we quantify common sense, we would find out that it is normally distributed.

    4. Annie says:

      Love it! We can all appreciate a reason to smile with the coronavirus stress and uncertainty… UWSiders are the best!

    5. Returnofthenative says:

      Great stuff! How can we make a device like this? Where can we buy the t-shirt? (Yes, I’m serious.)

    6. Patent troll says:

      It figures this was about to happen.

    7. UWSHebrew says:

      2020 is a bizarre, cruel year. The sci-fi movies lied to us (well, it is better than the Terminator outline). I want to go back to 1999. If someone can help me with that, I would appreciate it.

    8. bill says:

      wonderful and creative idea!

    9. steve says:

      I Had Heard That The Year 2020 WAS CANCELLED.

    10. John says:

      This is the same guy that has 1,000 rolls of TP in his apartment. I still have been an unlucky one, I have not been able to buy TP in 3 weeks almost out…..

      • lynn says:

        Go to Bed Bath and Beyond. They have it.

      • UWSAssistant says:

        We found toilet paper at the Key Foods on Amsterdam between 85th and 86th yesterday. Our corner bodega has single rolls, too. They are up high, not visible if you aren’t looking for them.

      • YoungSally says:

        Staples — we just got 20 rolls this week…delivered in 2 days. Now you may not get to pick your personal brand…. but we got our Scott

    11. Priscilla says:

      This guy should open an Etsy shop, stat! I’ll Ofer one

    12. 2020 Anyone But says:

      YES! “Social Distancing”…an ESSENTIAL!

      Except for a certain resident of The White House and his nightly more-painful-than-root-canal “News Briefings” (read “Re-election commercials”) with his defenders (looking at YOU, A.G. Barr!) closely packed around the podium.

      Well, at least he’s stopped calling the pandemic “a hoax”.

      • UWSHebrew says:

        Thanks for not putting politics aside to stress unity and expressing your hateful, dividing thoughts at this time of crisis for our country.

    13. bob says:

      It’s “ensures”, not “insures”