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Mystery Topless Woman Walking Through Streets Of New York… And Now (Surprise, Surprise) She’s An Internet Star

Saturday, June 11, 2011 15:57
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Last updated at 6:28 PM on 10th June 2011


With soaring temperatures and high humidity, New Yorkers have had a tough time keeping cool over the last week.

But for one woman, the rising mercury proved too much after she was pictured walking the sweltering streets bare breasted before apparently being fined by NYPD cops.

Nicknamed ‘Topless Bowery Woman’ after the street where she was first spotted, the novel approach to keeping cool has won her an army of on-line fans who tracked her whereabouts in the city throughout Monday.

Bare: 'Naked Bowery Lady' sparked an on-line frenzy after walking the streets of NYC with out a top

Bare: ‘Naked Bowery Lady’ sparked an on-line frenzy after walking the streets of NYC with out a top

Soon after the first picture appeared on Tuesday morning, word of the woman quickly spread around the internet, with sightings or her naked jaunt posted by excited bloggers.

She was first spotted on Bowery street by Matt Kosoy walking ‘briskly’ with a handbag over her shoulder.

Moments later Olivia Knoepfel posted a picture and tweeted: ‘did i just see a topless girl on bowery?

Carolina Ramirez later tweeted: ‘Saw her maybe around 230pm near central park on 5th and 69th St’.

But the bold woman didn’t get far before she was stopped by police and apparently issued with a fine.

Update: Twitter users kept people informed of the mystery topless woman's movements

Update: Twitter users kept people informed of the mystery topless woman’s movements

Busted: The daring woman is seen apparently receiving a fine from New York's finest

Busted: The daring woman is seen apparently receiving a fine from New York’s finest


But as several bloggers pointed out, it is legal for women to walk topless on the streets of New York.

In 1992, Ramona Santorelli and Mary Lou Schloss and five other women successfully challenged their arrest for violating a law that forbade them showing ‘that portion of the breast which is below the top of the areola.’

Arguing they were being discriminated against, New York Court of Appeals court ruled that the law was ‘discriminatory on its face since it defines ‘private or intimate parts’ of a woman’s but not a man’s body as including a specific part of the breast.’

Speaking to The Village Voice, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Paul Browne said: ‘The state’s highest court established long ago that women have the same right as men to appear topless in public.

‘Absent a link to some commercial enterprise or promotion, the woman’s lack of certain attire in this instance does not appear to be a police matter.’

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  • building 5

    look at me.

  • sten

    She will be getting arrested shortly then?

  • asterflower

    If this woman is allowed to walk the streets of NYC without a blouse, NYC will begin to look like a nude beach. I hope she is arrested and sent to an etiquette class. Our country needs to set some standards for socially-appropriate behavior that we can all count on. Even the streets of Paris, France have an unwritten rule for the standards of dress on their streets.

  • Anonymous

    This is good, I only wish more women would cool off in this way.

  • Anonymous

    That’s sexual discrimination, they wouldn’t ticket a man.

  • Anonymous

    What’s wrong with boobies?

  • opencarry

    leave her alone, how about going after the hundreds of muggers a day, or some wall street bankers crushing the love of life for thousands of people. Or just a few of the lying corrupt politicians.

  • John L Sullivan

    And the problem is…. what! So a topless woman is offensive? And a topless man is acceptable. How about a really FAT topless man, would that be offensive? How many of you laughed and said yes, that would be offensive. But it IS “socially-appropriate behaviour!” Double standards are something that none of us should accept, so if a woman, any woman wants to walk down the street topless, there should be nothing to stop her. If people are so immature that they would just stop and stare, it is only because this one person has gone against the system, and travelled road of inequality. If women had been walking down the street topless for the last 60 years, you would’nt even bother looking at all! I find smoking in public socially-inappropriate, I find drinking and drunkness in public socially-inappropriate, I find kids who wear there trouser and joggers too low socially-inappropriate, I find swearing in public socially-inappropriate, I find street gangs socially-inappropriate. The list could be endless. I HATE double standards, if I want to be offended, I will read a Newspaper about some fatcat banker or Businessman giving themselves another hefty bonus, or how the system continually keeps hardworking people down by increasing fuel bills and bank charges.
    If you find this woman offensive, grow up and get over it.

  • Factotum

    Am I the only person who realizes that this woman is the key to freedom. Womens nudity and implied sexual freedom would probably go a long way to making the world free. I can think of an idea no more threatening to authoritarian systems (which are all lead by males by the way) then women who are empowered. This applies to our christian fundamentalists and to islamic regimes.

    If the women are worried about unwarranted overly aggressive sexual advances by stupid men. Well, remember that god did not make women equal, samuel colt did :-)

  • unity

    FREEDOM Liberate the soul within

  • Nim

    One man’s ‘etiquette’ is an others puritanical sexual repression.

  • Jonas Grey

    I wish my wife had the courage this woman has. But I’ll bet good money she won’t do this after november 1st.

  • terry the censor

    What do they want her to wear, a hijab? This is just another example of Hussein Obama’s sharia law encroaching on our Constitutionally protected right to stare at lady breasts! (As Clarence Thomas mentions in every dissenting opinion, hooters are mentioned in the Federalist Papers by John Jay.)

  • Ya Li

    This is great, I think we all should do that, will they arrest all women in USA?

  • Justin

    @Ya Li…

    I second that motion!

  • banjoboy

    this guy is a fucking wanker ,,, from BANJOBOY

  • CuresRiches

    Someone tell her she would be protected by law to go topless in the heat when it gets hot in Canada. Thanks to Gwen Jacobs and a group of lawyers. Although these days I wouldn’t be surprised if she would have to go court to remind them.

  • terry the censor

    Once again, I offer Canadian citizenship to those who have given up on their own country, however hasty that judgement might be.

    For leftists, we have universal health care, bilingualism, topless lady pedestrians, and great beer.
    For right-wingers, we have publicly funded religious schools, a conservative party in power, legal prostitution, and great beer.

    Who could ask for anything more?

  • Anonymous

    Speaking to The Village Voice, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Paul Browne said: ‘The state’s highest court established long ago that women have the same right as men to appear topless in public.
    She should have a placard made with the exact ruling place around her neck below her tits then go for a walk in ny followed by a lawyer & a couple of photograhers.If she is fined or arrested sue police for harrasment as they could not say it was illegal after reading sign!

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