Photo of the Day: Getting the Weekend Started Early

A section of West End Avenue has been closed to traffic and two neighbors took advantage of the change to set up a pool in the middle of the block on Friday.

The gentleman on the left is Dean, with his dog GG (in the pool). John is holding his dog Henry. Dean, by the way, owns Dog Days of NY. He clearly knows how to treat a dog right.

Thanks to Katy Eppley for the photo and description. Have a fun, safe weekend everyone!

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    1. Kevin S says:

      Ohmygod- this makes me so happy for my neighborhood- love it! Viva la open streets!

    2. D-Rex says:

      Very cute and good to see people and pets getting out.

      But also photo documentation of yet another NYer who can’t figure out that:

      Not doing so is like closing the front door at night to keep out the mosquitoes, but leaving the window next to it wide open.

      • The Lone Ranger says:

        So tired of people who think they are self-appointed mask police enforcers! I’m a bed wetting liberal but I will always pull my mask down when I’m walking and more than 6 feet away from other people! Deal with it! If you don’t like it go home.

    3. Buws says:

      He’s more than 6 feet away from anyone else so he doesn’t need to have a mask on. To further your issue, if masks do such a great job of preventing the virus from spreading why not open things up and require a mask? And if masks don’t do much to prevent the spread of the virus why are we wearing them at all?

      • Allie not Kate says:

        If the idea is to allow more space for more people to walk around, this kind of scene, even if charming, misses the point.

        • SCW says:

          1) They are in the same household so do not actually need to be 6 feet from one another

          2) Dean is the owner of Dog Days of New York

          3) I love this picture and story!!

      • nycityny says:

        He’s in the middle of a street that is supposed to be open for everyone. So with his nose exposed he is putting the impetus on everyone else to keep 6 feet away from him. Not very neighborly if you ask me. And if one thinks that’s OK then he might as well not be wearing a mask at all because the way he is donning it in the photo is useless.

        • Parker says:

          I can’t see anything in this picture that suggests that he’s endangering anyone. He’s six feet away. He has a mask on his person, and there’s no one approaching him.

          Let’s assume the best of one another.

          • Alfonse says:

            When people plant themselves somewhere, whether they are having a conversation in the middle of the sidewalk of sitting on the middle of the street, you make it more difficult to maintain the six foot distance. In that picture, there is no way to maintain 6′ between them and the people behind them.

            To put it in a way NY’ers can relate, If they are sitting 6′ from each other and you want to stay 6′ from them, that creates a circle 9′ in diameter (6′ from them plus another 3″ to the point halfway between them). Area of a circle is pi times radius squared. That is just over 250 sq ft they are blocking off.

            And if anyone sits less than 12″ from them, there is no path between them that maintains 6′ distance.

            Be polite, use the space for walking.

    4. Phoebe says:

      Where’s the water???

    5. Clean Sidewalks says:

      At least the dogs can do their “business” in the street instead of on the sidewalk. That’s a very good clean thing.

    6. Benoit says:

      Wasn’t the idea behind opening up the streets to allow cooped-up people who are going stircrazy in their apartment to stretch their legs, get some much-needed healthy exercise, and undo the evils of a sedentary quarantine?
      Wouln’t these two gentlemen be better off staying in their aprtments — seated in a comfortable armchair, enjoying some soothing music, looking at pleasant art and photograpgs rather than parked cars? What’s the point: getting out to sit down?

      • Chris says:

        Benoit – I think the point was to extend the open space (like the park is open space) where people can enjoy outdoor fresh air with more space to distance from others who are also outdoors. It is NOT for others to criticize whether they are sitting down, walking, or walking on their hands while they are outdoors in this extended space as long as they are properly distanced from those outside their “social safe bubble.” It is quite amazing how judgy nazi types can make up their *own* rules and then try to sh*t all over a cute picture.

        • Benoit says:


          The difference between you and me is that I express a personal opinion, formatted as prudent questions, whereas you insult me in the most despicable and repugnant way. I say no more.

    7. Nevets K says:

      Are the censors taking a long time approving
      postings about this story – or has censorship of certain points of view on the Rag begun?
      If so, that would be disappointing and distressing.
      And if you are censoring certain points of view – again, that isn’t clear yet – please make that known to your readers.

    8. Stephen says:

      This is great. They should make West End Avenue permanently like this on all weekends at least May through September.

    9. Nevets K says:

      I wouldn’t kvell so much about this “street opening.”
      It’s nice – that’s all.
      And let’s “curb our enthusiasm” as we remember the proximate cause of this “street opening” is a pandemic during which about a million essential workers and medical personnel are risking their lives daily.
      And photos of a dog in a pool in the middle of a street?
      Under the dire circumstances, is this really something to celebrate by any journal or by anyone?

      • lil says:

        Nevets must have been loads of fun at parties back when we had them. Of course this is a pandemic. The lock-down has been going on for at least 6 weeks here so if people want to break it up a bit so they don’t climb the walls, then journals should publish pictures for others to enjoy (those who don’t feel like everyone should sit around dressed in mourning this entire time).

        • Nevets K says:

          You’re making some good points.
          My response was largely aimed at the very first comment made, which starts with “Oh my god, this makes me so happy for my neighborhood – love it!” But I tried twice to “publish” it there via Reply, but to no avail, so it wound up elsewhere.
          The comment seemed, and still seems to me, to be bizarre and out of joint.
          I also like that West End is “open” for a while.
          As I said, it’s “nice.”
          Finally, what are “parties”?

    10. ben says:

      Waste of a perfectly good mask.

    11. Susan says:

      This photo is pure sweetness…makes me smile!

    12. Robin Rice says:

      GG (Gigi?) sat in that pool for hours! We are very much enjoying going out for a stroll every day from 87th to 96th. It’s wonderful to have enough room so we don’t have to constantly dodge others. Good to see that almost everyone here in our neighborhood is wearing a mask.

    13. Katia says:

      Omg I love this!!! Love how spoiled that dog is!!!
      Forever a dog mom!!!
      Great job Dean and John for spoiling those babies!!
      Definitely somewhere I would let my babies vacation at!!!

    14. Catherine Holmes says:

      I know Dean personally- he’s a stand up nice guy! If you need doggy daycare – he’s your man!

    15. Jay says:

      The executive orders from Cuomo regarding mask wearing are below. It sounds like it’s okay to pull down your mask or not wear one if you’re able to socially distance. Personally, I have a hard time breathing under the mask, so I do pull it down unless I’m walking by someone. It’s very stressful and suffocating for me to be trapped under the mask, and that physiological reaction doesn’t help my system fight any virus attack, but I happily do it to help save lives. I wish people fully understood the mask’s limitations:

      – Effective at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020 any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.

      – Any person utilizing public or private transportation carriers or other for-hire vehicles, who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering, shall wear a mask or face covering over the nose and mouth during any such trip; any person who is operating such public or private transport, shall likewise wear a face covering or mask which covers the nose and mouth while there are any passengers in such vehicle. This directive shall take effect in the same manner as Executive Order 202.17, at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020.

      • lynn says:

        Do you know if non essential workers can use the buses to get around and if there are any rules in addition to wearing masks? I have an autoimmune condition and I’m assuming they want people spaced out but I’m not really sure that I would have the energy to wait 30 minutes for the next bus if the first one is ‘full.’ Thank you.

        • Danielle Remp says:

          Yes, non-essential workers can take buses. I rode two #11 buses yesterday, and I don’t recommend it. The buses are free, so a number of those who look as though they have been removed from living on subways end up on them; they can’t be relied on to cover both their mouths and noses with a mask. In fact there was a person there entirely without one.

          The space was very limited because, to protect the driver, the front of the bus is available only to disabled persons. That left very little room as the number of passengers boarding increased during our return trip at noon. Moreover, there was one person who had his mask pulled down to eat candy; he kept touching the bar of the seat in front of him. Another, also with his mask down, conducted an animated “conversation” with himself and many could not maintain 6 feet or distance from him.

          By the time the bus reached 50th Street, my husband and I felt as though we had no alternative but to get off. We walked the last mile home. It felt that unsafe.

        • Jay says:

          This has good info on MTA reduced service, scroll down until you see the heading:

    16. Ellen Peterson says:

      Love this picture of Dean and GiGi…West End avenue never looked better.