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Photo by Aaron Ryskiewicz

In a year like this, it’s tempting to quote Dickens: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

The worst goes without saying or needing to be identified, sadly, and we can only hope things don’t get worse before they get better. But even in bad times there can be good, and doing things you care about with good friends is the best thing of all. We were fortunate this year to get to do many good things with many good friends, and as the year draws to a close, we’re glad to remember them with you.

Herewith, then, a compendium of some of this past year’s events, focusing on those in which the most interest or curiosity was shown by visitors to this blog. First, some scenes from our out-in-public adventures, in parks around town ranging from Central Park to Washington Square Park and points beyond:

Second, our trips to our favorite rooftop sundeck, the perfect combination of outdoors and yet private:

And finally our indoor adventures, in workout studios and spas and theaters and figure drawing salons:

We love doing what we do and sharing what we do with you. We hope it inspires you to seek freedom and pleasure in your own life — and that if you find yourself in New York when it’s warmer out than it is today, you drop us a note. We welcome all women to join us! Whether it’d be your first taste of body freedom or just a chance to enjoy it for the thousandth time, we’d love to hear from you. Our email is toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com. Don’t be shy. 🙂

And so we come to the end of another year — another wonderful, awful year. Awful in so many dimensions: geopolitical, economic, ecological, human rights, basic civility. And yet. And yet, we spent the year with friends and loved ones, and we exercised our freedoms together, and we treated others and were treated ourselves with respect. In this milestone year when we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the court decision establishing that women in New York have the same right as men to go topless, we went topless enthusiastically and without incident, all over this great city of ours. It was fun, it was refreshing, it was healthy, and it was legal.

And you — you came to our blog from virtually every country on the face of the globe and you witnessed our liberty and shared in our adventures. What follows is a distillation of the year’s events, based on which of our photos you clicked on most. These were our most popular images of the year — and some of our favorites too.

We hope you’ll enjoy revisiting these memories, and maybe next spring, when it warms up again, will join us to make new ones.

Without further ado, the top ten images from our out-and-about-in-the-city’s-parks adventures:

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And the top ten from our visits to our favorite rooftop sanctuaries…

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And for good measure, a few from other events around NYC:

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IMG_2475It’s not precisely freezing in New York City yet — it’s at least 33 degrees — but it’s certainly too cold to stroll topless through Central Park, or to lie naked on a rooftop sundeck. So how have we been spending our time instead? Finally getting around to tidying up this website, which had become a bit unwieldy, with more than 250 posts on a single long home page.

Oh, the home page is still there, for anyone who really likes scrolling through a thousand photos (and then some!), but we have also categorized every post (which ones take place at a pool? near a bridge? in the rain?), and also organized them by year. So if you want to browse by date or subject matter, you’ll find handy links now at the top of the screen.

To celebrate this new organization, we thought we’d flash back to some memorable images and locations from each of the past seven years.

Seven years! Can you believe we’ve been out and about, bare-chested, in New York City for that long? Well, we have. And the next seven are going to be even better. If you’re a body-positive woman — any age, race, sexuality, body type — and would like to be part of the fun, drop us a note: toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com. We’d love to have you join us.

Meanwhile, won’t you join us for this warming walk down memory lane?

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img_3506And so, we take our bows.

What a year 2016 was, and not only in bad ways. Oh, there were plenty of bad ways, and 2017 promises to be worse, much worse. And 2018, 2019 and 2020. A lot of us are holding our breaths and preparing for the worst. But 2016 also had some beautiful moments, some triumphant moments, and we’re proud to have been part of them.

The first-ever all-female, all-nude Shakespeare-in-the-park performances, in not one but two parks: Central Park in Manhattan and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Our topless bicycle tour, which took us across the Williamsburg Bridge to Wall Street, Chinatown and the Statue of Liberty. Standing up to the police on the Fourth of July. Our topless snowball fight, after the biggest blizzard to hit NYC in 100 years. And, in the summer, our liberating the beaches of Coney Island.

It was one hell of a year. And let’s not forget the more ordinary adventures: just going out to the park or up to the roof on a sunny day and doing without shame or hesitation what men do without shame or hesitation every day, simply taking off our shirts and enjoying the sun and the breeze on our skin.

We hope you’ll enjoy this (roughly chronological) remembrance of the past 12 months. And if you’re a body-positive woman in NYC, we hope you’ll join us in 2017. Just email us at toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com and tell us a little about yourself. In times like this, we all need friends to read in the sun with.

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IMG_7304And so we come to the end of another year, our fifth, and what a year it was. They all are, of course. It’s such a joy to spend time each year with friends, with women we respect, admire, and love (and, yes, the occasional carefully selected man — we love you, too!). What a privilege it is to live in a city that, whatever its flaws, acknowledges that its female citizens have the same rights its male citizens do. And what a simple, sensual pleasure it is to feel the summer sun on our skin — all our skin.

Below you’ll see a selection of the photos we took at our events this past year that you clicked on the most. We’ve divided them into public and private — first our forays into the wider world of New York’s parks and plazas, and then our visits to private rooftops, pools and such. We hope they bring back memories for you that are at least a fraction as wonderful as the memories they conjure for us. And we hope you’ll join us again in the new year, as our adventures continue. (You can always reach us by email at toplesspulpfiction@gmail.com, and if you’re an open-minded, book-loving, adventurous — or adventure-curious — woman, we hope you will.)

Remember: be brave, be bold, be free. It’s your right.

And have a very happy, healthy new year.

TEN OUT IN PUBLIC…

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IMG_5086So our last post highlighted the photos we took over the past year that you all clicked on the most. But there are others that are particular favorites of ours, either for purely aesthetic reasons or because of the event they recorded or for mysterious reasons all our own. Call it “Editor’s Choice.”

Herewith, then, our Editor’s Choice photos, two dozen hand-picked images, presented with love.

It’ll be warm again soon. But not soon enough.

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IMG_5605Happy holidays, all. We’re between events currently, all in sugar comas (or ham comas, or champagne comas, or what-have-you), girding ourselves for the polar vortices to come. At least, we tell ourselves, the days are getting longer.

In the meantime, we thought we’d do our annual round-up of the images from the year just past that you lot seemed to like the most, based on how many times you clicked on them. Now, this could be misleading: sometimes a given post got an abnormal number of clicks because it happened to coincide with a spurt of attention we got, due to coverage in a newspaper or magazine, for instance, or on Reddit. But overall we think clicks are at least a halfway decent proxy for interest.

So without further ado, the most popular images of  2014, divided into Public (i.e., out in the park, or the rooftop pool of a popular hotel, or a wine bar with huge plate glass windows exposing us to the world) and Private (i.e., a private roof, a private room in a restaurant, a private spa).

PUBLIC:

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PRIVATE:

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