Barely legal in the Big Apple

They call themselves street entertainers but some women in New York City's Times Square are appearing with just body paint over their ample bosoms to pose for photos with tourists for money. Governor Andrew Cuomo wants a crackdown on the nearly naked
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They call themselves street entertainers but some women in New York City's Times Square are appearing with just body paint over their ample bosoms to pose for photos with tourists for money. Governor Andrew Cuomo wants a crackdown on the nearly naked women, saying: "I believe we can enforce the law and clean it up and we will." But the First Amendment to the US Constitution apparently makes it legal to go topless in New York.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2015, with the headline 'Barely legal in the Big Apple'. Print Edition | Subscribe