It's almost officially summer!
This means that you'll soon have the chance to fully enjoy all of the sunny season's amenities such as ice cream, bike rides, barbecues, beach trips, and walking around bare-breasted.
Yes, you read that right: Full-on public boobage is OK in the city and state.
As the Voice reported last year, it's perfectly legal to walk around New York topless.
This stems from the 1992 arrest of Ramona Santorelli and Mary Lou Schloss in a Rochester park. They and five other women got jailed because the law prohibited women from showing "that portion of the breast which is below the top of the areola." Santorelli and Schloss called shenanigans on the statute: They said it 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." New York's highest court wound up ruling in their favor, which is why we can walk around almost au naturel today. Hooray!
Of course, this leaves many dangling questions about proper breastiquette: What's the right way of letting the ladies hang?More »