A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 19, 2015
Desnuda (nude)

Entry in progress—B.P.

The Village Voice (New York, NY)
SMOKED FISH AT DESNUDA
BY SARAH DIGREGORIO WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009
(...)
122 E. Seventh St.
New York, NY 10009
212-254-3515
http://www.desnudany.com

Twitter
David Roth
‏@david_j_roth
Huge respect to Times Square for being somehow worse than remembered despite basically nude ladies walking around taking pics with tourists.
10:58 PM - 5 Sep 2014

Twitter

‏@17crt
nude women in Times Square with U.S. flag painted on them and it’s ‘all fine’.. sorry to rain on anyone’s parade but ain’t that illegal?
9:20 PM - 24 Oct 2014

Twitter
Keith N.
‏@JusAire
Nude American flags. Only in NYC. @ Times Square, New York City -The Cross Road of The World. https://instagram.com/p/1B49FSMV5Y/
5:27 PM - 3 Apr 2015
Manhattan, NY

New York (NY) Times
The Desnudas of Times Square, Topless but for the Paint
By COLLEEN WRIGHT AUG. 14, 2015
Mey Ovalles ignored the snickers of gawking boys and the smartphones snapping photos as she clutched her bra to her chest and her bare skin became an opaque shade of blue with white sparkles.

She shielded her nipples until they were cloaked with brush strokes, though her curvy, sun-kissed body — with the exception of a nylon thong — was exposed to hundreds of passers-by in Times Square. She felt naked until she became a canvas of red, white and blue.

This was part of Ms. Ovalles’s daily routine as a desnuda, a Spanish word meaning naked that has been embraced by the women who strut around the Times Square pedestrian plaza topless and covered in body paint to pose for photos in exchange for tips.
(...)
The earliest sighting of a desnuda seems to date to the summer of 2013, according to posts on social media. But this summer, on any given day, there are at least a dozen young women, primarily Latinas, of all heights and body shapes, strolling through the pedestrian plazas, trying to capitalize on this suggestive performance art.

Gothamist
Naked, Painted Ladies In Times Square Say It’s Hard Being Naked And Painted In Times Square
BY JEN CHUNG IN NEWS ON AUG 17, 2015 2:12 PM
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It is legal for women to be topless in NYC, but some local politicians are trying to find a way to banish the so-called “desnudas.”

New York (NY) Post
‘I don’t feel safe anymore’: Times Square desnuda
By Tom Wilson and Beckie Strum September 13, 2015 | 6:21pm
The desnuda who got into a nasty scuffle with a female passer-by in Times Square on Saturday was back at work hustling for tips a day later – but said she no longer feels safe.

“I just got attacked yesterday, why would I feel safe? I don’t feel afraid here, but I don’t feel protected,” said Amanda Roman, 23, who was topless and with red, white and blue paint across her chest.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWorkers/People • Wednesday, August 19, 2015 • Permalink