Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Grin and Bare It

Your last chance to strip down this summer


Ever since topless activist Moira Johnson decided to bare all, we've been reminded of New Yorkers' limited freedom to brandish their bits. (Hey, this ain't SF.)

But don't head to crowded Gunnison Beach to join the nekkid times — try these spots for suitless sunbathing before summer comes to an end.

Fort Tilden
While nudity isn't strictly legal here, this part of the Rockaway peninsula is remote enough for you to find a secluded spot for stripping down. A decommissioned military base, it's dotted with abandoned bunkers and empty dunes, perfect for getting your nude on (er, off?).
Take the New York Beach Ferry from Pier 11 at Wall St. to Riis Landing in Rockaway. Walk west to Fort Tilden.

Lighthouse Beach
Situated on a federally operated stretch of Fire Island — technically there's no law against nudity on federal land — this beach adjoining Robert Moses State Park features nude and semi-nude areas. Remember to cover up your bits if you want to visit the appropriately phallic 19th-century lighthouse.
Take the LIRR to Bay Shore and board the Kismet-bound Fire Island Ferry. Walk south to the shore, and west to Lighthouse Beach.

Jacob Riis Park
Frequented by European couples and men with avant-garde approaches to beachwear, this stretch of Riis beach was once separated from adjoining Neponsit with a fence destroyed by Hurricane Irene. Now curious types have an excuse for innocently wandering over wearing nought but a "What, me nude?" expression.
Take the New York Beach Ferry from Pier 11 at Wall St. to Riis Landing in Rockaway. Walk east to Riis Park.

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