We all know the story of the emperor's new clothes, but have you heard the one about the emperor's new dog?
Everywhere around the neighborhood on Sunday afternoon, people were walking 'invisible dogs'. After I passed by the first three people, I asked the fourth what was going on. "I am just walking my new puppy" the young lady told me.
Yes, right! I thought.
I did not get a better answer from the next few people I asked. It obviously was some kind of social experiment or performance art. It was not until I ran into two young men, that I finally got the answer. They had gotten the leashes from the Art Shop at 51 Bergen Street, where they were being handed out, and where they had to be returned by 4 PM.
As we were all three standing in front of the Starbucks on Smith Street, observing the passers-by, who were promenading their "dogs." We had to smile at the surreal scene. One of the two young men had to agree with me that is was all pretty silly and pointless. And he didn't mind saying so. See video below.
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