IMG_0543It takes a bold woman to go topless in a public park, even in New York City, where it’s been legal for a quarter of a century, and even on a sunny summer day when the temperature is, say, 80 or 90 degrees. It takes a bolder woman still to do it on February 29, when the mercury barely noses into 60-degree territory. But how often do we get a chance to go out on February 29? Once every four years at most — and since our merry band has only been meeting since the summer of 2011, this is only our second opportunity ever, and our last until 2020! And it was almost 60 degrees, so…

So: a couple of the hardiest among us girded themselves to brave the winds off the Hudson and headed to a favorite green spot near Chelsea Market for the quadrennial opportunity to say “Happy Leap Day!”

IMG_0578We came bearing miniature doughnuts fresh from the Doughnuttery across the street and copies of two really fantastic books: Naomi Novik’s UPROOTED (recently nominated for the Nebula Award! Yay!), and Richard Vine’s amazing first novel SOHO SINS.

IMG_0535At the start, there were just two brave souls present…

IMG_0590IMG_0607IMG_0573…but as we found our way down the block to a pedestrian plaza, a third joined in.

IMG_0625IMG_0628IMG_0631IMG_0639And who knows, maybe we’d have succeeded in recruiting a fourth if the sun had been just a tiny bit stronger.

IMG_0650From Chelsea we headed to a sauna near the Empire State Building to warm up properly. Sorry to say, no photos survive of the hours spent there, though they were pleasurable indeed. 🙂

All in all, a delicious afternoon, full of promise for the season to come. It’ll be summer before you know it! Won’t you join us? If you’re a bold, book-loving woman in the New York area and you’d like to be part of the fun, just drop us an email:

Go ahead. Take the leap.