A Walk on the Wild Side: What a Weenie!!

A Walk on the Wild Side: Weenie-Man Takes a Stroll

Jaws were dropping yesterday morning when a Brooklyn hipster bopped around Times Square in the buff. Stunned passers-by stopped, stared and snapped pictures of him during his several-minutes-long naked stroll through the Crossroads of the World. Witnesses said that in yesterday’s bizarre jaunt, weenie-man first popped up around the Renaissance Hotel. At that point, he was strolling around in one black sock; then he ditched the sock and went the Full Monty.

After stripping to the altogether, he zigzagged back and forth along Seventh Avenue between West 47th and 48th streets in all his glory at around 11 a.m. It turns out that “naked guy” is a playwright and Yale graduate from Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The strip show came to an end when the police finally showed up.

There were, sadly, no curtain-calls.

The Hipster’s Nude Stroll around Times Square

The Naked Hipster Deals with the Police

The New York Observer published this interview with a former Brooklyn roommate of the now infamous weenie-man:

The roommate said that, “For about a year, starting around the fall of 2003, Josh was one of my roommates in a three-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg (which I’m sadly leaving very soon to move to Washington D.C.). I can’t remember exactly when, because like most shares near the Lorimer ‘L’ stop, there’s an endless stream of Craigslist-users, ‘hipsters,’ and—in Postnomenclature‘Brooklyn eccentrics’ moving in or out.”

So I didn’t really know…very well—say, well enough to determine whether he was engaged in performance art or a mental breakdown when he ran around Times Square naked yesterday.

But he is a playwright by trade, and a smart witty guy, so it could all be some kind of situationist prank.

Occasionally he had a theater improv troupe over to the apartment, so live performances aren’t new to him. But he was usually pretty low-key. And for the record, I never saw him naked. Until today—on the cover of the Post.

Now that’s what I call wood!

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  1. Nude Brooklyn Playwright in Times Square: Gestures for Recognition by Another « Et Cetera: Publick and Privat Curiosities Says:

    […] Yesterday, I posted an article about the fellow strolling around Times Square in a state that, I think, would make most people feel intolerably vulnerable to suffering the anticipation of meeting hurtful reactions from others, which in turn would engender a sense of humiliation, disgrace and degradation. The underlying tone of my own article was one of feeling stunned and “agog.” I should have known better than to react in that manner, because in retrospect I think that he was making a grand gesture. The fellow from Brooklyn was making a gesture, a public gesture, in the hope that someone would recognize his need so that he could know it, so he might discover what really matters to him. […]

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