New Yorkers Bullish on Bare Market

Naked dining, yoga and comedy keep Big Apple residents cool
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Jul 21, 2008 2:17 PM CDT
Thousands of naked people embrace at Mexico City's main Zocalo plaza during the massive naked photo session with US photographer Spencer Tunick last year.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Naked dinner, yoga in the buff and comedy clubs au naturel are turning the Big Apple into Nude York City, the New York Post reports. One New Yorker rents out restaurants for monthly nude dinner parties—the motto for a group often numbering 50 is “no hot soup”—while a midtown studio has a devoted following for its twice-weekly naked yoga classes.

"The first time I tried comedy naked, it was the best thing ever," said Andy Ofiesh, founder of the Naked Comedy Showcase, where audience members are also encouraged to strip. "It gives you a kind of vulnerability that puts the audience on your side straight away."