Nude bomb! Here’s the skinny on Ridge’s naked avenger

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A deranged woman ransacked a Chinese restaurant, stripped down to her birthday suit, and literally stopped traffic on Third Avenue last Thursday, drawing hundreds of onlookers before cops finally ended the freak show.

The trouble started at around 3 pm when the then-fully clothed 60-year-old woman — whose identity was not released — entered Dragon China between 79th and 80th streets and demanded free food after seeing the word “free” on the take-out menu.

“She asked the cashier, ‘Everything is for free?’ ” said the restaurant’s owner, Dajo Zhao.

Zhao said that the cashier explained that not everything was free — but that only enraged the woman, who slammed her fingers down on the menu, screaming, “Free, free, free, free!”

Attempts to calm the woman failed. And that’s when the lo mein hit the fan — literally.

The unhinged woman began throwing everything she could see, screaming with rage and wildly flailing at any object in her path.

Her manic tornado moved to the back of the restaurant, where she pushed over equipment, threw food, and even punched a chef.

“This old lady was trashing the place,” said Noreen Monier, who owns Tops Restaurant & Bar Supply on Third Avenue between 80th and 81st streets. “I told her to stop and she threw a watermelon at me. She had superhuman strength. She said, ‘I’ll stop when I’m good and ready.’ ”

After destroying the tiny take-out joint, the woman then ran into the middle of Third Avenue and took off her clothes.

“She was prancing around,” said a witness, who would only be identified as Jessica. “At first it was funny, but then it got scary.”

The scene drew roughly 300 onlookers, who snapped pictures and took video of the insanity. Some onlookers heckled the woman, which only seemed to fuel this nude bomb.

At one point, she even laid down on the hood of a black convertible, whose driver didn’t know what to do.

“You just never seen nothing like this. She’s naked as the day she was born, spread eagle on the car,” said Michael Clancy, who was walking his dog when the woman began to strip.

The still-naked woman made her way back into the restaurant, where she began chuckling Snapple bottles and destroying anything she hadn’t already devastated. This is the part that was captured so well on YouTube, though the website removed the video on Tuesday (and our friends at didn’t have the guts to print the pictures uncensored).

“She’s picking up the phones, answering calls and throwing money,” said Clancy.

It might have ended there — after all, how many bottles of Snapple can one restaurant contain? — but the woman’s frenzy sparked a grease fire that spread quickly.

Eventually, firefighters showed up to contain the blaze. Cops showed up to contain the woman. It took a few attempts, but the woman was eventually corralled in a blanket and cuffed.

Cops in the 68th Precinct did not respond to calls requesting information about what, if anything, the woman was charged with.

Locals know the woman as a regular on Third Avenue, where she was often seen talking to herself while walking down the street.

“She mutters to herself and argues a little, but she seems well taken care of,” said Monier.

But on Thursday, at least, it was clear that the woman had snapped, she said.

“She was completely gone, you could tell,” said Monier.

The weird spectacle was the talk of the strip on Monday, where witnesses were still recovering from the shock.

“In my 36 years on Third Avenue, I’ve never seen anything like that,” said one merchant, who would only identify himself as Harry.

Reach reporter Dan MacLeod at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at
Updated 5:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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henry ford from bay ridge says:
This looks like the woman that has been walking around Bay Ridge for as long as I can remember, screaming at the top of her lungs in Italian. She almost gave me a heart attack in Foodtown one day, when she started howling behind me out of nowhere. The only thing I understood was her calling her daughter a prostitute to no one in particular, at the top of her lungs.
Nov. 15, 2011, 8:27 am
Jay from Bay Ridge says:
will there be any Christmas lighting on Third Avenue this year after this?
Nov. 15, 2011, 9:16 am
Joe Blow from Bay Ridge says:
The headline and overall tone of this article are in very poor taste. The women obviously has significant psychological problems, and the Brooklyn Paper goes out of its way to further humilate her? Very juvenile of the editorial staff.
Nov. 15, 2011, 9:46 am
Bob from Bay Ridge says:
This is a high class operation, Joe Blow, and all dese reporters studied high class reportin with Professa Kuntzman (although none of them seem to have mastered making the story all about y'self like the professor does...). AND they got the NY POST as the University! Lighten up! Misery is entertaining!

AND classy!

And the whole operation gets more pathetic everyday.
Nov. 15, 2011, 12:13 pm
johnnyboy from windsor terrace says:
It appears she confused the take out order with a take off one.
Nov. 15, 2011, 12:34 pm
johnnyboy from windsor terrace says:
is that Bay Ridges version of a drive by.
Nov. 15, 2011, 12:43 pm
prillis says:
so happy that you chose to run nude pictures of this mentally unstable lady. i'm sure you won't be liable for a thing.
Nov. 16, 2011, 11:48 am
John from Gravesend says:
Seriously Brooklyn Paper? The tone of this article is disgraceful. The mentally ill shouldn't be mocked.

Also, what or who exactly was she "avenging?" Are a bunch of junior high school students (skipping english class, obviously) running this web site?
Nov. 16, 2011, 4:29 pm
Mary from Bay Ridge says:
"The still-naked woman made her way back into the restaurant, where she began chuckling Snapple bottles and destroying anything she hadn’t already devastated. This is the part that was captured so well on YouTube, though the website removed the video on Tuesday (and our friends at didn’t have the guts to print the pictures uncensored)."

Brooklyn Paper, Are you kidding me??? Holy are so low rent and skeevy it's unbelieveable. I am absolutely shocked over the complete lack of empathy for this woman who is clearly disturbed and in need of help. If she hadn't offed herself because of her mental illness yet, she probably will when she is of sound mind and has to read about and see pictures of herself naked all over the web... proud.. Dan Mcleod-you're a crappy writer and worse yet, a really ——ty human being.
Nov. 17, 2011, 2:04 pm
BD from Bay Ridge says:
Imagine, if you will, Dan Macleod, that this woman was your mother, or your sister, your aunt, your wife, your friend. And then reread what you wrote from that perspective.

Calling a mental breakdown a "freak show" displays not only your insensitivity to the mental illness, but your ignorance of it. I'd suggest you take a look at NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and educate yourself a bit about brain disorders.
Nov. 17, 2011, 9:52 pm
Joe from Ft Ham says:
It appears as if everybody posting their comments here is a trained medical professional giving their diagnosis.

It so happens that this lady, if who I think it is, has a monkey on her back. When she goes through opiate withdrawal, she flips out.
Nov. 19, 2011, 2:37 am
Carol from BayRidge says:
I couldn't believe it when I picked up a hard copy today, and this website coverage is even worse.
Maybe "Kunt"zman has been made fun of too often and is getting back at the world through his constant parade of snarky stories and headlines.
Nov. 19, 2011, 5:52 pm from Mill Basin says:
Brooklyn Paper, THANK YOU SO MUCH for printing the Photos of this unfortunate woman uncensored. This family
of mine reaches for your paper everytime. We applaud your fearlessness for those photos. Each person has a body and WE are not uncomfortable seeing someone else's body espescially in public WHERE there is no privacy in public display.
Thank you very much,

PonyStrong Family
Nov. 29, 2011, 1 pm

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