Topless Woman on Bowery Later Spotted in Central Park

Posted on: June 9th, 2011 at 6:19 am by

We’re sweating while writing this, but if we remember correctly, Monday afternoon wasn’t as sweltering.  Yet, that didn’t stop a woman from strolling up the Bowery topless.  As reported earlier, police personnel stopped the half-naked pedestrian and allegedly issued her a ticket.  But what’s most funny is this same woman was purportedly spotted a day later near Central Park!

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Indeed, numerous sources on Twitter (@Phisqueezy, @RamirezCarolina) confirmed that the bare-breasted offender was indeed the same person.  Henceforth, Topless Tuesday will be in effect.  Be sure to send us you pictures!

On a similar note, Boogie reader Seth Gordon sheds light on the law regarding public nudity:

The original NY Penal Code reads:

“§ 245.01 Exposure of a person. A person is guilty of exposure if s/he appears in a public place in such a manner that the private or intimate parts of his body are unclothed or exposed. For purposes of this section, the private or intimate parts of a female person shall include that portion of the breast which is below the top of the areola.”

However, The Court of Appeals of New York ruled in 1992 (People v. Santorelli) that exposure of a bare female breast violates this law ONLY when it takes place in a commercial context. (As a practical matter, proper enforcement of this section can be a problem, since local enforcement agents are often unfamiliar with the case law that interprets the statutory language.) This seems to come up about once every two years or so: a woman will be written a ticket or arrested because the cops don’t know the law, and the case is thrown out.

 

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