City Has No Plans For Nude Section At Coney Island Beach

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Coney Island’s revitalization plan does not include a nude beach.

City officials are shooting down a request from the American Association for Nude Recreation to establish a swimsuit-optional section at the “People’s Playground.”

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A spokesman for the association said a nude beach in the city would attract more Europeans and out-of-state tourists — especially since it is easily accessible by mass transit.

Right now, the closest nude beaches are at Sandy Hook, N.J. and Fire Island, L.I.

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However, there is nothing to prevent a woman from going topless at city beaches. State courts have ruled that they are entitled to do exactly what men do.

Do you think there should be a nude section at Coney Island Beach? Let us know below…

  • Drey

    You people do know that coney island is in the ghetto si?

  • RealAmerican

    Guns YES Nudity NO !

  • Bell Toller

    a nude beach in the city would attract more Europeans and out-of-state tourists….this sounds like dicrimination towards minorities and New yorkers

    • Jim

      Discrimination?????????/The heat must be getting to you pal?

  • Jerry

    attracts too too many perverts who masturbate and perform discreet sex acts sometimes in full view of children.
    Gimme a break whats the difference anyway if you have a tan line?

    • George Winlock

      People masturbate and perform discreet sex acts sometimes in full view of children should be arrested for the perverts that they are. People that just want to enjoy the feeling of fresh air on their bodies and ocean water without having to wear wet pieces of cloth on their bodies should be free to do so.

  • educated

    mike go to fire island and keep the fudge packing to yourself freak

  • Robert Louis Pagnani

    I would be concerned that a nude beach would not have the level of privacy that many nude swimmers desire, and that, instead, it would attract perverts. People who frequent nude beaches do not appreciate being gawked at and to put a nude beach in Coney Island (Incidentally the world capital of the freak show), all we’d get are exhibitionists and those willing to gawk at them, whereas the real naturalists would be made so uncomfortable they would not frequent the beach. My big question is why the American Association for Nude Recreation wants it there? If a nude beach is to be had in the limits of the City of New York, it would need to provide a level of privacy so as not to open a liability can of worms for those who frequent it. I think a nude beach in Coney island would create a safety concern.

    • Cyndi Phillips

      There is a beach in Miami that is similar to this in that it’s located in a populated area and there is no privacy. It’s called Haulover Beach and it has been very successful in many ways, creating revenue for the park in the millions and lots of tourist dollars for the area in general. Yes, some come to gawk but the majority are there for the right reasons, just to be at a beach in comfortable “attire”. The gawkers are easily handled by Beach Ambassadors who volunteer to make it a family friendly environment. Perverts don’t stay long. If they don’t leave the police help them to leave. There is no reason why this could not be duplicated in other places like Coney Island. Even the police have said they have less problems in the nude section that other parts of the park.

  • Bklyn mom

    First of all, do we really need more tourists in Coney Island? Second of all, the people who choose to bare it all are usually fat and disgusting, so who the heck wants to look at that? And third, you need to protect your privates from the sun and the sand. :-) Also, I really wouldn’t want to subject the kids to all this nudity. I think the city made a very wise decision.

    • Ellen

      Right on Bklym mom, I personally don’t care what shape a person is in. Fat, thin, square shaped, round shaped, no shape, when you see a naked butt the only thing that comes to my mind is just what comes out of that butt after a full meal. Let’s face it we all have one so what’s the big fascination about seeing a naked body to begin with. Clothes really cover up a lot of sins, that’s for sure.

      • Michael H.

        Why is what god gave you sinful?

  • JQ

    It should be allowed. It would bring more tourists.

    • Ellen

      JQ, are you kidding me. If any of you saw me nude you all would be then suing me for emotional and mental harassment. Not a pretty picture and that’s why man invented clothing.

    • Jim

      and perverts, as if we didn’t have enough already?

    • Drey

      Believe me there are enough tourists in coney island. Take it from someone who lives a block away from this damn madness

  • Carlos Liriano

    nudity is beautiful if the ladies now days din’t have that many tattoos, otherwise i don’t see anything wrong with the ladies going naked

  • TeeWee

    With the nigh heat index, why wear clothing on the beach. Wearing clothing in such heat impedes the body to cool itself. Nude beaches are prevalent in many locations in Europe and the Caribbern. The crime rate is low and this will give Americans to get over they shyness.

  • MikeC

    There is nothing wrong with the naked body if this was before the fall of Adam and Eve. However, this is still supposed to be a “civilized” society with some degree of morality. What type of message would that send to our already sex-charged youth? Save the nudity for the privacy of your homes.

    • Chet Kresiak

      Enough with the Adam and Eve fairy tale. That story has lost its relevance centuries ago.

      Clothing-optional beaches can work, and can generate revenue. Haulover Beach in Miami attracts over a million sunbathers each year. The San Francisco Bay Guardian just published its annual guide to California’s nude beaches.

      The American Association for Nude Recreation and The Naturist Society represent thousands of members in the United States who enjoy clothes-free recreation.

      Let’s face it – anyone wearing a bathing suit is about 90% nude already. That remaining 10% is no big deal. A swimsuit is the most useless invention ever by humans – it does not keep you dry, it does not really conceal anything, and it’s a wet, soggy breeding ground for yeast infections and rashes.

      As a society we are so hung up about sex that the sight of genitals or nipples is believed to be the first step into total depravity. This simply is not true. There are millions of nudists (or naturists) in the world who do the sensible thing – they take their clothes off when sunbathing or swimming.

    • Michael H.

      So, countries that have a prevalence of nude beaches (like many in Europe) are not “civilized”?

    • Jerry

      Right on!

    • Cyndi Phillips

      It would send a message that mere nudity is not sexual and not immoral. The places I go to are family friendly. Get your mind out of the gutter and realize that it’s just a human body and nothing more.

  • Bench The Bench

    However, there is nothing to prevent a woman from going topless at city beaches. State courts have ruled that they are entitled to do exactly what men do.

    And of course there is no difference between men’s and women’s anatomies right?

    • Michael H.


    • KPMc

      One of them has the ability to lactate in order to make human babies fat.

      Afraid you might get doused with a little of mother’s milk or are you one of those freaks that thinks that a human baby nursing is a sexual act or seeing it is akin to pornography?

    • Maria

      absolutely any organ that is meant to excrete needs not be shown!
      The topless woman ruling for woman included!

      • George Winlock

        Cover up all your skin. It excretes perspiration.

      • John Cropper

        Does that mean we now now have to cover our noses.

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