Artist Andy Golub said New York was the only city in the country that would allow his inaugural Bodypainting Day. And he says that only happened after a legal battle.
Golub and a model were arrested in 2011 during a body-painting project in Times Square.
The city paid model Zoe West a 15,000 dollar (£8,800) settlement after she sued over the arrest.
Public nudity is legal in the city if it is part of a performance, exhibition or show.
Golub's event included a post-painting march down Broadway and a return to Times Square for a photo shoot.
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