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On a cloudy Tuesday afternoon at Westchester Lagoon Jay Hiner walked to the water's edge. If you ever see him there, stop -- or you'll miss it.

Like a lion tamer at the circus, he'll pull out two wands connected to a thin rope shaped into a circle. Then he'll dip it into Dawn soap.

"Use a good kind," Hiner said. "Not all soaps are created equal."

Next, Hiner steps back and extends his bubble blower into the air, and out they come -- beautiful bubbles, some 30 to 40 feet long.

Rainbow colors swirl over first one bubble and then another, crawling across the sky like caterpillars as a crowd starts to gather.

"It's just amazing how many people come up and say, 'I was having a horrible day -- you just made my day,'" Hiner said. "And it encouraged me."

Hiner says he started making the large bubbles about two years ago to entertain his grandchildren. He liked it and making the bubbles relaxed him, so he kept doing it.

"Mostly of it's just coming out and enjoying myself," Hiner said.

Hiner eventually started a business, Beluga Bubbles, and started calling himself Pappa Bubble.

He says the best times to make the bubbles are when the winds die down.

His favorite places to see his creations take flight are Westchester Lagoon and Cuddy Family Midtown Park.

"They're daytime Northern Lights," Hiner said.