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Businesses are on their knees. None of us can afford to pay rent this month. And an extended period without access to hairdressers, nail salons, and bikini waxes could end civilization as we know it. Admit it, who’s worn anything other than athleisure for the last week (George Hahn, you don’t count, you deliciously dapper beast.)
But at least one section of society is happy. Say: “Who’s a good boy then?!” to the dogs.
A seven-year-old dachshund named Rolo was so excited to have his owner #WFH that he only sprained his tail from too much wagging. Who even knew that was a thing?
At least one other HK pup is equally ecstatic: our columnist and HK comedy babe Vicky Kuperman’s Staffie, Coach.
Dang, I know things are grim for most of us, but send me your pics of dogs having fun with you at home, and I’ll reproduce my favorites to spread the joy.
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THE LATINA WHO INVENTED HAND SANTIZER
Let’s take a moment to acknowledge that the single product most in demand right now was invented, in 1966, by a student nurse named Lupe Hernandez. Worried about the availability of soap and water for medical staff, she realized that alcohol in gel form could do the same job. She patented the idea but, over the course of the last 50 years, she was almost written out of medical history. Until now. Take a bow, sister.
MAKING ISOLATION EASIER
Rufus Wainwright has started performing a daily #quarantunes #roberecital from his LA home, wearing – yup – his bathrobe. I mean, no one else is getting dressed, are they?
Watch as the penguins of Chicago Aquarium cruise the empty attraction and check in on their chums.
I get it. The kids are being “home schooled” and you’ve already run out of ideas. The New Victory Theater is running week-long arts skills courses online. This week: Just Move, taking families through some gentle stretching before diving into dance-centric activities and choreography. Oh yeah, and it’s free.
For anyone seeking calm right now (hello everyone), the Rev Micah Bucey is leading a daily morning meditation and prayer circle, which is open to anyone (and is also free).
Having trouble sleeping. Yeah, me too. A bedtime story from Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Michael Chabon might help? His nightly story time (on YouTube and Instagram Live) is aimed at children but is really adorable for anyone.
You must have seen his flyers all over the city. Turns out Dan Smith – he who “will teach you guitar” – is actually a real person. And he’s offering his lessons, for free, via Instagram Live. Lessons begin today at 11.30am. All you need is a guitar and a pick.
Many in our community have lost their livelihood. So we’ve brought together a list of local service staff with their Venmo details. If you’re coming through this crisis with an income and the ability to make small gestures of support, please send a tip with love from you and W42ST.
If you’re a Hell’s Kitchen service worker and would like to be added to this list, go to this form and add your details. Phil’s on duty tomorrow, with news from his world, and I’m back on Friday. Stay solid, Hell’s Kitchen – we see you.
If you could choose one famous person, alive or dead, to be quarantined with, who would it be and why?
I’ll start. Hey everyone, thanks for playing. I’m Ruth, and I’ll hang out with Queer Eye’s groomer Jonathan Van Ness. Because – if you could see my hair right now, you’d know, OK?
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