Do you dream of having a naturist area in the Big Apple to have an easy escape from the hustle and bustle? I think we’ve found a perfect candidate place – North 40 Natural Area, a part of historic Floyd Bennett Field in Jamaica Bay. It is on the federal land and is a part of Gateway National Recreation Area, just like Gunnison Beach in Sandy Hook, so technically, no change in legislation would be necessary to allow nudity there… (Another possible location would be Fort Tilden, as was suggested by one of our readers.) Well, that’s if this place remains a park at all, as there is a controversial plan to build a massive gas pipeline going through this territory! How is this legal?
It will be a big shame for New York City to lose one of the few relatively untouched pockets of nature within its boundaries.
We were lucky to enjoy this place on a warm weekend in late September, and it seemed like not many people knew about this place.
It felt liberating to disrobe and walk in the buff.
Buns and bunnies seemed equally natural to us ;-)
We went through a couple of winding trails, and it was nice to see that the forest was actually untouched besides the trails. The only other destruction was probably due to storms like Sandy. It’s hard to imagine what else could have made a tree to fall like that with its roots lifting all the soil under it.
One of the smaller trails brought us to the beach. It was full of trash, unfortunately, and we almost left disappointed.
But then we just tried to see what was behind the tall reeds and found a beautiful meadow!
It was a true hidden gem, perfect to relax and sunbathe.
Well, apparently our timing was perfect too. Just after we finished our snack break and were ready to leave, the water started soaking from beneath the grass. So, in high tide, this meadow must be filled with water.
Before leaving, we spent a couple of minutes to enjoy the view of the particularly bright moon.
We were not sure if passers by on the bridge behind could see us fully, but we could only wonder why this kind of mooning would be frowned upon.