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Bikini-Clad Sunbathers Near Playground Lead To Complaints In Stuy Town

Report: Head Of Tenants Association Calls For Bikini Ban
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Two women sunbathe in their bikinis in Hyde Park on June 7, 2004 in London, England. (Credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some residents have been up in arms, as some of their neighbors have taken to sunbathing in their bikinis just steps from children playing in the Stuy Town development.

As 1010 WINS’ Gene Michaels reported, at the East Side development, the bikini-clad residents have been soaking up the rays right next to the children’s playground. On Sunday afternoon, there they were, glistening in the sun as the kids still had their fun.

“I’m sort of open to it. I’m OK with it,” said a mother, Joanne. “Of all the things that go on in the city, that’s the least of my concerns.”

But another woman, Mary, was definitely not a fan.

“It’s horrible. They shouldn’t be allowed,” she said.

On May 4, The Stuyvesant Town report, a blog about issues in the development, pinned the sunbathing trend on the “college/university student population” at the development.

“Playground 10 was almost half taken yesterday with sunbathers, effectively pushing out the kids who wanted access to that playground. What was more absurd is that yesterday was on the chilly side, making these self-entitled yahoos look very stupid indeed,” the blog said. “This playground should NOT be used for sunbathing.”

Susan Steinberg, head of the tenants association at Stuy Town, told the New York Post that two-piece bathing suits should be banned at the development.

Tenants have complained that Stuy Town has been seeking out younger tenants at the complex, where one bedrooms rent for up to $3,555, the Post reported. The development also has a contrat with NYU that has brought in over 100 graduate students, the newspaper reported.

The apartment buildings of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village - New York, NY - Oct 19, 2006 - Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The apartment buildings of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village – New York, NY – Oct 19, 2006 – Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Stuy Town – known in full as Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village – is composed of 91 buildings on 80 acres between First Avenue on the west, Avenue C on the east, 14th Street on the south and 23rd Street on the north.

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