Mr. Nude York Contest at The Cock Has Some Stiff Competition But the UK's Nigel Boners Up For The Win

"I just did this as a dare and now I'm in trouble."
March 23, 2012

(Lenair, Ray, Jed and Mr. Nude York, Nigel)

The Cock served as a most appropriate venue for last night's Mr. Nude York contest and we were there for the kickoff of what could be a nude spring tradition. At least that's the hope of downtown's most daring party promoter Daniel Nardicio, who had been wanting to do a nude beauty pageant for a long time. "I was planning something to kickoff the Black Party weekend but I didn't really like the Black Party as a theme. Too dark," he said. "So I thought this would be fun instead."

With a show time at 11:30 (a little early for New York nightlifers), we were skeptical there would be much of an audience. But leave it to the promise of a little skin (alright a lot of skin) to pack the venue cheek-to-jowl-to-ass with a sexy, spring fever-y crowd ready to see who had the right stuff to claim the title of Mr. Nude York.

Six contestants strolled through the bar with beauty queen smiles and nothing else, before mounting a tiny stage set up against the sidewall of the space. There were three categories of competition: Best Physique, Best Dancing and Best Boner with the audience as the ultimate judge. And what can we say? The competition was stiff. Badump! (In fact, we noticed that before the final category, some of the contestants were giving each other a hand, as were some very friendly audience members.) In the end, it all came down to that final category as the winner was an especially tumescent young man from the U.K. named Nigel. It turned out it was his first time at the Cock and he certainly made the debut memorable by taking home the sash and the $300 cash prize.

"I just did this as a dare and now I'm in trouble," he said as we chatted with him after, nervous about his new public role as Mr. Nude York. We asked if he had any plans for spending his prize. "I going to buy myself a 30 inch flat screen TV," he said with a big smile, but then hesitated. "Or wait, should I just say I'm giving it to charity. Would that be better?" So he was already press-saavy after just a few minutes into his reign. Only in New York, kids!

After winning the title, it was clear that Mr. Nude York wasn't going to rest on his laurels either. Since there were no parades to wave in or shopping malls to open, Nigel hopped up onto the bar and started shaking his money-maker along with four other professional go-go dancers. Later, we asked how he was doing up there and, holding a fistful of dollars, he gave us this memorable parting line. 

"Now I'm gonna get a 40 inch TV!"

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