Shannon Sessoms has never been so ready for winter. Cold weather brings the promise of several months without awkward sightings of the neighbors whom her family refers to as the Nakeds. Sessoms, who lives with her husband and two young children in Harlem, first spotted one of the Nakeds two summers ago while enjoying a glass of wine on her apartment balcony one evening. The balcony overlooks the backyards of several brownstones, and out of the one directly opposite her emerged a 40ish woman with dreadlocks, wearing nothing but a T-shirt.
If a Neighbor Can See You Naked, Do You Have to Cover Up?
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My apartment on the top floor of a Brooklyn co-op faces a courtyard. A resident on the opposite side of the courtyard complained to management that I have been spotted naked in my apartment. The neighbor must see me early in the morning when I go to the kitchen to boil water. The waist-high window has curtains pulled back at the bottom around a plant on the sill, and the courtyard is about feet across. This person must be working pretty hard to catch this view.
We have a male neighbor I'll call "Flash" who frequently walks out to get his newspaper -- or the mail, or to retrieve something from his car -- while he's as naked as the day he was born. He's in his late 50s and divorced. Some of the women in the neighborhood know not to look toward Flash's home if they're out for a walk. They have discovered that he is most likely in the buff, standing at his glass door or sitting at his front office computer with the door open. Flash is otherwise a likable and helpful neighbor.
Funny thing is the topic continues to be of great interest today. Dear Abby: We installed a hot tub several years ago. We are always naked when we use it.