No Pants 2k9 Details for NYC

Last year’s No Pants Subway Ride

All are invited to participate in the 8th Annual No Pants! Subway Ride. The event will take place at 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 10. Everything you need to know is in this post. Please read it carefully!


1) Willing to take pants off on subway
2) Able to keep a straight face about it



When: Saturday, January 10 at 3:00 PM, Sharp! (Over by around 5:30)
Where: Meet at Foley Square at the black sculpture/fountain. It’s near the Brooklyn Bridge 6 train stop, between Centre and Lafayette, just north of Duane. (Google Map)
Bring: A backpack and a metro card.
Do not bring: A camera (we’ll have several photographers on hand)
Wear: Normal winter clothes (hat, gloves, etc)
Facebook: You can RSVP to the Facebook Event
After Party: For those over 21, there will be an official No Pants after party at Sidebar, 15th Street and Irving Place. First drink is free if you arrive without pants.

Complete logistics below:


We will assemble in Foley Square at 3 PM. Please be on time. Feel free to be early.

When we’re organized, we will all head down to several nearby subway stations. Do not talk to others once you enter the subway system. No one knows each other. We will wait for a train to arrive on the uptown side of the tracks and all board our assigned cars (follow your team leader). We may let one train go before entering to make sure everyone is ready.

Sit in the car as you normally would. Read a magazine or whatever you would normally do. Your team leader will have already divided you into smaller groups, assigning your group a specific stop where you will depants. Sit near your group.

As soon as the doors shut at the stop before yours, stand up and take your pants off and put them in your backpack. If you’d like to use a briefcase, purse, grocery bag, or whatever instead of a backpack that’s fine too. You are responsible for your own pants and they should be with you at all times. If anyone asks you why you’ve removed your pants, tell them that they were “getting uncomfortable” (or something along those lines.)

Exit the train at your assigned stop and stand on the platform, pantless. You will wait on the platform for the next train to arrive. Stay in the exact same place on the platform so you enter the next train in the same car as you exited the last train.

When you enter , act as you normally would. You do not know any of the other pantless riders. If questioned, tell folks that you “forgot to wear pants” and yes you are “a little cold.” Insist that it is a coincidence that others also forgot their pants. Be nice and friendly and normal.

We will exit the train at a predetermined stop and then repeat the mission back down to Union Square.

You can wear fun underwear if you like, but nothing that screams out, “I wore this because I’m doing a silly stunt.” Wear two pairs of underwear if it makes you feel more comfortable. Don’t wear a thong or anything else that might offend people. Our aim is to make people laugh, not piss them off.

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to read about previous No Pants! Subway Rides.

This is always a blast, and we look forward to seeing you there. You may bring along friends if you like, but make sure they get a chance to read all of these instructions.

See you on the 10th!

(Information for participating in other cities is here.)



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114 Responses to No Pants 2k9 Details for NYC

  1. Sarah says:

    ill be there! can’t wait! it’s my first year! =]

  2. Danny says:

    Will be my first no pants, second event. See you there!

  3. Jacques says:

    It’s the little things in life that make you scream….


  4. Clara says:

    Are females allowed to wear women’s boxer shorts? I really want to participate! Thanks!

  5. Smiles says:

    Unfortuantely, I won’t be in NY until March.
    Hope you all have a blast!

  6. Brian says:

    @ Clara: Of course!

  7. So says:

    looking for a cheap flight from brussels cauz wouldn’t miss it for anything in the world ! See ya ;)

  8. Jason "Business-Man #1" Davis says:

    Can’t wait to do this again!

    And yes Clara, the ladies last year wore a little of everything. Some very conservative, some not as much. So feel free to wear what you’re comfortable in.

    It was actually 50/50 men and women last year, so no worries ladies… you’ll have plenty of company.

  9. Agent Randy C -2nd year no pants! says:

    cant wait for this year. cant wait to be the pantless photo on the 2nd trip!!

  10. pkreder says:

    It’s #3 for me in the oh-9 pantless ride…can’t wait the last 2 were a blast….

  11. Reverend says:

    Burning year round…

  12. Melanie says:

    I have wanted to participate for years!! Caused a no pants day at grad school last year in honor of the event. See you there with bloomers blaring!

  13. Jayme says:

    Ever since I saw the article in NY Magazine, I’ve wanted to do this. I’m SO excited!!

    Plus, it’s the day after my birthday (how old? too old to be doing this!), so, while I won’t be wearing my “birthday suit” it’ll be darned close! :) Wheeeee!

  14. painter babu says:

    Right on. nothin more satisfying than shakin up the routine with humor.

  15. Lydia says:

    My middle name is ‘pants off’. I cannot wait to share the love.

  16. Kendall says:

    Wish I could be there!

  17. Tom says:

    I shall be there most gloriously!

  18. Jason says:

    Any chance we can do it on a Sunday next year?

  19. Laura Rose says:

    I am really looking forward to this event (& to the after party)!! Yeah, Improv Everywhere!! :D

    See your undies soon,