Fort Tilden, NYC

I’ve written about a beach at Fort Tilden and its abandoned bunkers previously, but I can’t help sharing some more experiences and photos from that place last year.

Fort Tilden is not an official clothing-optional area, although I always wonder how come it isn’t possible to be clothes-free just anywhere in “the land of the free”?! Well, you’ve got to be brave sometimes.

Well, Fort Tilden beach rarely gets crowded, especially off-season, so it’s a great naked escape from the city on those surprisingly warm and sunny days, like we had last November.

It was a a perfect time to wander in the dunes and thickets of trees that were ready for winter sleep.

And yet the sun was quite strong still and made everything bright and alive.

When the clouds came in the afternoon it got pretty chilly, but we couldn’t resist the last possibility for skinny-dipping in the ocean before the winter would take over.

But even in summer you can usually find a spot without too many people, and you can always hide behind the fence that goes along the beach.

And there are some logs that can serve as a perfect naturist lunch table :p

Another time I came there on weekday in July and it was also almost empty, so I felt free and comfortable enough to fool around and practice some simple acrobatics exercises and stretching.

I was definitely into cartwheels and handstands that day,

and the soft and smooth sand was just so perfect for that.

I made some bridges too.

Then we found a coconut. We imagined it was brought by currents all the way from South Florida, where were in May.

It was a fantastic day, very relaxing (in an active naturist way). It is always hard to believe that you are still within New York City borders there, but you if you need a reminder, just go to those abandoned bunkers.

I think I will be coming there again and again!


14 thoughts on “Fort Tilden, NYC

  1. I don’t know about fort tilden being clothing optional.I was arrested there june 2010.Ihaven’t been back since.It seems the park police are enforcing the new york state penal law (245.01) on federal land where there are no laws regarding nudity.This catch 22 cost me a fine ($124) along with fingerprints,mug shots,and background check.They said it was only a violation.That’s new york for ya.
    Please use caution when going nude there.I carry a pocket scope of 8x and can see pretty far down the beach.However
    r there are plainclothes officers walking the beach.Use caution.


    1. Wow Vinny, sorry to hear what happened to you… thanks for sharing this info, we certainly should be more careful there. From what I heard it was indeed a federal land, so nudity wasn’t prohibited per se. But police may do anything. they also arrested a topless girl in NYC, although officially there is topless equality between women and men in public


    2. hi Vinny! as you know, last summer Fort Tilden was closed entirely due to damage from the storm Sandy. Maybe we can work on your suggestion during winter and hope that it will be reopen as a clothing-optional park by next summer?


  2. I was there a week ago and I am happy to confirm that the beach is still known and used as clothing optional. There was about a dozen naked people in my section of the beach


  3. Superbe photos.Je suis comme toi, J’ aime c’est endroits ou il n’y a pas beaucoup de monde.
    merci pour ces petits reportages qui donne envi d’aller y faire un tour.


  4. Can’t wait for the weather to get warmer! I’m always looking for buddies to get naked with at Ft. Tilden.


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