Holly Van Voast filed a lawsuit against the city in May, alleging she had been wrongfully arrested or detained at least 10 times since 2011 while out in public shirtless with a painted-on mustache and a blond wig as Harvey Van Toast, the Topless Paparazzo, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.
"I can only call it abuse ... I was punished for being a creative New Yorker, for what people think New York is," Van Voast said.
The city settled with Van Voast for $40,000.
"I think the amount is very low, considering what happened to me," she said.
The city agreed to pay Van Voast's $37,250 legal bill.
"The city had solid defenses in these cases. Settlement for this amount for 10 incidents was merely a business decision," a spokeswoman for the city's Law Department said.