‘Mermaid’ reminds New Yorkers to stay safe amid coronavirus
A “mermaid” decked out in a sparkly green tail, white gloves and a black face mask perched herself on a rock near the East River over the weekend to remind New Yorkers to be careful amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Happy Easter everyone from under the sea!” the “mermaid,” Cathie Boruch, bellowed from a mossy rock Sunday.
“Wear your gloves, wear your masks, be careful out there! Take care of each other!”
Boruch, a law-firm receptionist by day and comedian and actress by night, set up a small box on land where passers-by could write down a wish and put it in the container while taking some Easter candy.
“You write a wish, and I take it to Neptune,” Boruch said in a sing-song voice as she waved a wand and clutched a pearl necklace, her hot-pink boa fluttering in the wind. “He’s got a lot of pull in the ocean.”
Boruch runs the “Ten Penny Comedy” show and had regular East Village gigs before the coronavirus crisis shuttered the Big Apple. She got the idea to start dressing up as a mermaid about 10 years ago while attending Coney Island’s mermaid parade.
On Easter Sunday, Boruch felt like there wasn’t much of a holiday to celebrate in isolation, so she dusted off her mermaid costume and headed downtown for some fun.
A fellow artist, an out-of-work busker who’d recently had his bass stolen, agreed to film the bit.
“Have a lovely holiday. Stay safe, and everything’s going to be just wonderful!” Boruch said before scrambling from the rock as the high tide swept in.
“Next time you see me, I’ll be in a bikini without any masks or gloves, but until then, I am OK with this,” she added.
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