Team Captains: Agents Kula, Barrison, Kinney, Shelktone, Ace$Thugg
Leadoff Riders: Agents Todd, Good, Lovejoy, MacNeil, Shafeek
Pants Sellers: Agents Becket, Walker, Gill, Lathan, Arnheiter, Rodgers, Mercer, Loughran, Kodner
DV Cams: Agents Shafer, EMartin, Chunk, Cavin, Zeigler
Digital Photography: Agents Nicholson, Rainswept, Ries, Winters, Chigirev, Altaffer
Door Watchers: Montague, Wright
Taking off my pants on the subway has become a yearly event for me. It has all of the emotions associated with a real holiday: stress, excitement, joy, laughter. “No Pants” has come a long way since 2002 when for seven consecutive stops on the 6-train, a pantless rider took his pants off in one car, and hurried down to the next car in all his bare-legged glory. We didn’t even have our act together enough to take photographs the first year (though the video footage is still my favorite of everything we have on the video page). Each year it’s gotten larger and more exciting. It’s gone from seven white dudes in their 20’s to a lovely mix of men and women of different races and ages. It’s always a good time for both us and the random strangers we encounter. New friends are made. People laugh and smile. Some ignore us, but I think that’s pretty funny too.
Anyway, if you’re here for the first time, be sure to check out the the mission reports for the four “No Pants” that came before this, the Fifth Annual No Pants! Subway Ride. You can find them all on our Missions Page.
Heading over to the meet up point, I was nervous. Like years past I had sent out exactly one email promoting “No Pants” to my NYC mailing list, but that list has grown quite a bit over the last year. The details were forwarded all over. The event wound up on the front page of AOL, among other places. It was the fifth time we were doing this, so I didn’t really care too much if word got out ahead of time. It’s a tradition, not a secret. I was mostly nervous that I would show up and have to wrangle 500 participants.
Agent EMartin films with a camera sticking out of his bag
I was leadoff man in my car
If you see something, say something
A cop removes an agent from the train and demands know “what is being protested?”
Several agents caught with their pants down were lined up against the platform wall. All of the press that had come along for the ride quickly materialized with their oversized cameras making the scene even crazier.
Let’s be clear about this. It’s not illegal to appear in public in your underwear in New York City (or anywhere, I should think.) Most agents were wearing boxer shorts, but even those wearing briefs appeared no more risqu than folks you can see lying out in Central Park on a sunny summer day.
The eight people charged in this incident were showing about as much skin as two basketball players I spotted on the platform at the same time directly in front of one of the cops.
I won’t go into the details of what happened to the “Improv Everywhere 8” who were detained. You’ll be able to read first hand accounts from them below in the Agent Reports section.
Amid the chaos, some agents got back on the train and headed up to 125th. Others headed back down to our starting point, Brooklyn Bridge, throwing an impromptu pantless party on the way home, complete with singing and lollipops distributed by one generous agent.
Perhaps next year I’ll have to be a little bit more discreet about the details of the Sixth Annual No Pants! Subway Ride. Although, had I kept it quiet this year, far fewer folks would have been able to participate, and nothing makes me happier than seeing an Improv Everywhere agent on his first mission smiling and making new friends. I guess for next year’s holiday, I could at least avoid posting notices in the subway:
(Mock MTA Sign: David Marc Fischer using the MTA Sign Generator)
Agent Barrison, Team Captain, Detainee
I was both a team captain and, eventually, a detainee, in this, my fourth No Pants Mission.
I was in charge of the middle group, responsible for the fifth and sixth cars of the train. I had about 25 people in my group, divided accordingly between stations from Canal to 23rd St. Agent Jester was my lead-off, and the entire deployment went smoothly. Perhaps too smoothly. I myself waited until everyone else had removed their pants and proceeded to the next car (the fifth of the train), so I entered the target car at 28th St. It was packed with people, most of them without pants. Because of the crowd, no one even noticed my pantsless state. Because of this, I decided not to buy back my pants when our pants sellers arrived at 34th St. It seems that most everyone had their pants by 51st St.
At 59th St. the train stopped. I thought nothing of the delay in getting underway, as these kinds of things happen routinely with the New York Subway System. Eventually, I saw a few police officers walk past my car, and I started to get suspicious that perhaps the train was being held because of us. Perhaps five more minutes passed when the announcement was made to exit the train. On the platform, I saw a policeman searching through one of the duffel bags the pants sellers were using. I though this was pretty reasonable; they see these big bags and decide to search them. I decided to lay low and hide amongst the crowds of people to prevent my pantsless state from being noticed by the police.
At this point, I happened to see my two friends Erin and Andrew, who were not at all part of the IE event and were just coincidentally riding the train at that time. Erin was visibly freaked out by the police activity, so I went over to them and said hello. “Look down, guys. I’m not wearing any pants. This is on purpose and I’ll tell you about it later, but I’m pretty sure I am indirectly the reason this train I being stopped.” They were understandably confused and left to catch an express train uptown.
I am now just standing on the platform with my book (The First World War by Hew Strachan), and I see a cop directing Agent Siegel to the wall where there are already one or two other agents. The cop passes me and says “You too! Up against that wall!” And that was how I got nabbed for Disorderly Conduct.
The officer started asking me questions while he copied the information from my license to the summons book. “What made you decide to do this today,” he asked. “Well, I’ve been doing it for the last three years without incident, so I suppose I didn’t actually think anything of it at all,” I answered. “What are you reading?” “It’s a brief and highly readable history of World War One.” “You trying to start World War Three today?” I cannot tell you how highly inappropriate I found this comment. With all this talk about government spying, an Iranian nuclear program, and a recent tape by Osama, I don’t think that the term “World War Three” should be bandied about by a cop. I told him, “Um, no. It’s probably happening, but not here, and not by us.” “Probably right,” he said, “Hey, are you those guys that were in Times Square, lying buck naked on the ground?” I watched the smile on his face fade as I replied, “I’m afraid not, sir. We’re really not that kind of group. This is far more innocent than you realize.”
A larger officer who seemed to be of higher rank started talking in hushed tones to “my” officer. He asked how many people he’d let go so far. Only one had been (at least by this guy), and the larger officer gave instructions to hold up, that they were “deciding what to do with us.” We waited another five minutes, perhaps, when the cuffs came out. They decided to “send us through the system”, and proceeded to handcuff each of us. By this point there were six Agents; five males and one female. We were led out of the 59th St. station and into two separate NYPD vans. The five men were in one, the one woman in the other.
O: Wow, you’re the best dressed of the bunch.
F: Hey, I try.
O: This is some nice coat. Man, that’s nice. Ralph Lauren.
F: It’s Hugo Boss, actually.
O: Boss, really? I hope you didn’t pay full retail for it.
F: I think I got it at a factory outlet actually.
O: Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about! This guy is the smartest of the bunch, too. Where did you get it?
F: Saks Off 5th, I believe.
O: You know where the Fourtunoff Clearance Center is?
F: I do, actually.
O: Yeah? You from Long Island?
F: Yeah, I grew up in Massapequa.
O: OK, you’re my favorite. Sorry, guys, this here is my favorite. [to me] You can go, the rest of y’all get back. Man, that is a nice coat. You’re lucky you’re not my size. I’d take it. I’d make up some reason and I’d take it.
F: Good to know.
This cop was, honestly, the nicest and most reasonable of the bunch. He admitted that he thought it was ridiculous that we were being held for riding the subway without pants. He described himself as the “only liberal cop in the place”, and explained that he really liked it when a case had a lot of media attention because “for one second out of the 24-hour day, everyone does what they are supposed to do and things work like they should.” Intelligent perspective. I wish more cops were like this guy.
That being said, when we asked if he could begin processing us, he snorted and said that the he wasn’t going to do some other officers’ work. If they brought us in, they can handle us. Can’t get greedy, I suppose.
Naturally, when Agent R Kelley was processed, a pedophile joke was made. By the cop. Very nice.
So we sat in the cell and waited. I was reluctant to sit, because although there was no toilet in the cell, it looked as though the walls and floor probably doubled as such some time in the past. Agent Hillman chatted with the officer about the fingerprint recognition system, both hardware and software. We were told that we were going to be fully processed and that it would take a few hours, although Sunday nights were typically light. Crime hiatus for Jesus, maybe.
And we waited.
Maybe 10 or 15 minutes. Not that long.
Our detaining officers came to fetch us. We were cuffed again for the arduous 15-yard walk to the front desk. Turns out they were not going to send us through the system after all. Apparently it was decided that just letting us go with a Summons each was less embarrassing for the NYPD than actually tying up resources in arresting us. Office Mulcahy told me, “The Captain decided to be nice. It could have been much worse.” To which I replied, “Well, that statement could be applied to any situation, and while I understand your opinion on the matter of the Captain’s grace, we’re going to have to agree to disagree on that point.”
Eventually my name was called (with some difficulty I might add, and not with my first name. It was the last name that threw the guy), I was issued my summons for violating section 240.20(07) of the New York City Penal Code, and was instructed to appear in city court on March 28, 2006 at 9:30am.
Thus began the opening tics of my fifteen minutes of quasi-fame. To date, I have participated in 3 radio interviews. In the first, for a Santa Barbara, California classic rock station, I followed Peter Frampton’s “Show Me The Way”, which was a lifelong dream of mine. The DJ’s on this station were particularly fond of the term “banana hanger”, which is apparently means “men’s briefs”. I also appeared on a on a morning show in Ontario Canada, where I followed Stevie Nick’s “White-Winged Dove”, and a night time chat show in Dublin, Ireland, where I followed local traffic conditions.
It appears my fifteen minutes are now up.
Agent Kelley, Detainee
I have never before knocked on a stranger’s door to pick up my pants, but last night I was forced to do just that. And I liked it just fine.
I suppose, this being my first No Pants mission, I assumed that others would have the situation under complete control… I mean, Agent Todd with his bullhorn issuing protocol to the major newswires? Everything was plainly set.
I can’t say that the passengers looked particularly amused, but mostly they were just baffled (and trying their Manhattan best not to look it). While on the train, a fellow tapped me on the shoulder and asked what it was all about, and I gave the stock denials. Then he leaned closer and winked and said, “Come on, man, what’s your gig here?” I persisted. He gave up. We are deadpan, us underwear types.
What followed was a bunch of arbitrary cop decisions and a whole lot of waiting. My pants, I should add, were not particularly comfortable in the crotch. We like comfortable pants, us underwear types.
To be one of the 8 selected from 160 pantsless riders… what can I say? Skateboarding is not a crime, but apparently my pale-ass chicken legs are. I wasn’t flattered to be among the ticketed until the cameras started going off, and there were really a lot of them. I started figuring in my head how I could get maximum exposure (PUNNY!), but I had pants on — Agent Siegel was looking a lot better and a lot more exposed, not to mention that he was whistling the Star-Spangled Banner. I can’t whistle.
I was still in somebody else’s pants — black Rustlers, sized 34×30, people — and to this day they’ve yet to be claimed. Step up, underwear type — claim your pants!!
Agent Siegel, Detainee
When we approached 23rd street, my assigned station, I excitedly, but calmly depantsed and started toward the front of the train. Behind me I heard a woman say, “There’s another one!” In my target train, I stood for one stop and then grabbed an open seat, took off my headphones to try and hear any of the reactions from people around us. The woman sitting next to me after a bit finally asked, “I’m sorry, is this some sort of a thing or something?” “No,” I replied, “I just got kicked out of the apartment by my girlfriend and I didn’t have time to get pants.” After a moment she said, “I suppose everyone else got kicked out of the apartment too.” “Are you saying my girlfriend is sleeping with all these people?” I asked, at which point we sat in silence until 59th street.
When the train was stopped, I heard the pants sellers coming through, it seemed a waste to buy pants so soon after depantsing, and I decided I wasn’t going to buy any at that time. As the sellers came in front of me, the woman next to me looked at them and at me, expecting me to purchase a pair, “Gross, I’m not buying pants from the subway” I said. As the train just sat there I got frustrated as any subway rider would, and when they announced the train was out of service, I stood up, and calmly walked onto the platform. Moments after I saw the police swarming around Agent Todd and all the photographers, as a huge crowd of on-lookers and participants flocked over, I tried to remain unobtrusive to the side. It was then that I saw the police coming through the crowd, and as Officer Bowser passed me one of the audience members pointed out Agent Barrison and myself as pantsless individuals, he immediately grabbed us both and took us off to the side against a wall.
Agent McCarson, Detainee
Improv Everywhere is one of my favorite things about New York. I have been involved in missions for several years. Everyone involved is automatically like your favorite best friend who can always make you laugh. Everyone is witty, funny, friendly, and supportive. I would follow Agent Todd, as well as other longtime Agent friends, into the unknown.
That being said, TAKEN DOWNTOWN IN HANDCUFFS WAS REALLY LAME!
The day started as normal as any other No Pants day. I met my friend Agent Hart at the Brooklyn Bridge stop and we made our way to the black sculpture. We greeted friends, new and old, and excitedly discussed the mission. A TV crew from Current, Al Gore’s TV station, interviewed us, and decided to follow Agent Hart and me for the mission. I had participated before and Agent Hart hadn’t (plus we are both southern girls in panties), so we made a good story.
We were asked to be in Agent Kula’s group (the first two cars on the train) by the Al Gore people. Sure! We listened to the instructions and waited to begin. The signal was given and off we went to the train. Everyone was on and the mission had started. I had my iPod on my special No Pants playlist and was ready to go. After we departed Astor Place, I depantsed, threw them to Agent Mercer, and waited by the door to switch cars. A few people looked at me and laughed. I smiled innocently.
Entering the next car, I went to the front where it was less crowded, smiled at a particularly cute and confused tall boy sharing my pole, and continued to listen to my music, sorta bopping to the beat. Everything was fine, people were smiling, laughing, or ignoring us. As we approached 59th, no one seemed offended or upset.
Agent McCarson, right, with sunglasses
As we were waiting, he asked an older lady beside me how long she had been riding the train with people not wearing pants. She responded, `I don’t know. I don’t care. When is the train gonna be running again?’
My fellow detainees and I were escorted through the crowd where we were met with media sources, cheers, applause, and confusion. Someone gave us a pack of gum. At this point, I considered taking my pants back off, but Officer Panton was standing right beside me. Apparently, policemen can’t laugh.
At Union Square, my van got there before the boys’ van. Thusly, I was escorted through Union Square Park and the subway to the police station in handcuffs, all alone. This was also terrible. People were looking at me with confusion; girls that wear purple tweed coats and Merrell clogs aren’t criminals. The boys finally got there and we were put in cells. The boys went to the two real cells in the back. I was detained in the juvenile room. A few men were stationed to watch me. I asked if they could loosen my handcuffs because I couldn’t feel a finger. They ignored me. I asked if they could get the hair out of my mouth. They ignored me. I got searched by a pleasant, but thorough, lady cop. I finally convinced her that I couldn’t feel a finger, for real, and she undid one of my hands (not the hand with the unresponsive finger) and recuffed me to a pole on the wall. From the way I was being treated, I must fit into a particularly dangerous criminal profile.
The nicest of all the cops stopped by to tell me I should rent a movie next time I want to ride the train with no pants. He laughed at his joke for what I thought was an uncomfortably long time. I tried to explain I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, but he was laughing too hard to hear.
The room I was held in was right beside the bathroom. There was a can or Febreeze on the desk in my room. The officer who stopped to pick up his Chinese food came in, got the spray, sprayed the bathroom and the hall, and put it back. I stifled laughter and, at that point, realized it was all somehow worth it.
A long, lonely, boring, painful time later, I was told we were being released with summons, charged with disorderly conduct. Both hands were recuffed, I was brought to the front, and reunited with the boys. One by one, we were issued our summons and uncuffed. THANK GOD!! We exited to Union Square, exchanged cards, and went our separate ways.
I really miss those guys!
I was certainly the most upset of the group. I think it was the isolation and excruciating pain. They could have uncuffed me since I was being observed by several large policemen with guns.
My summons looks like a Mad Libs. The names, dates, and addresses are all not quite right. Also, they told me to sign in the wrong place, so mine isn’t even signed. You would think, as a policeperson, they would familiarize themselves with the common forms they fill out. I guess they are too busy busting up gang related pranks and driving around with their sirens on.
I don’t really understand why No Pants 2k6 became such a big deal, but I couldn’t be happier that it did. And that I am the badass girl that went to jail with the boys for not wearing pants. A mildly unflattering picture of me is circulating major media publications, I have done a couple follow-up interviews, and Improv Everywhere is getting a hella lot of free publicity. I wish I could speak more fondly of my time spent with New York’s finest, but everything else was very, very worth the trouble.
I plan to meet my new friends in court on March 28th at 9:30 am and plea not guilty. I promised my fellow detainees I would bake muffins. I can’t wait for the next mission. Heck, I can’t wait for the next No Pants. However, I might stick an extra pair of pants in my bag, just in case.
I still can’t feel the outside of my pinkie on my right hand. Does anyone have a doctor friend specializing in the area of nerves in the hand?
In the end, everything is all right and I have a really strange/funny/awesome story to tell. All you Improv Everywhere Agents and fans, thanks for the support and fond wishes! You are great! Buy me a drink and I’ll tell you the whole story…
I am now uber-qualified to be on Law and Order.
Agent Tassiopoulos, Detainee
So, I’m waiting with my friends for No Pants 2k6 to begin. I was quite nervous because I had never participated in anything like this before. Despite my nervousness, I was going to strip down to underwear and not “lady” boxers. I never wore them before, why start now?
Finally, around 4:00 pm, the mission began. I was in team delta. My friend and I were to go at the Bleecker St stop. I depantsed quickly and went to the next subway car. After the first few minutes, I relaxed and looked around. Everyone appeared not to notice at first, until the car started to fill up with more pantless individuals then not. One fellow who was sitting next to me was particularly amused when the pant sellers came around. “How convenient!” He bemused. I browsed through what was available but it was all men’s pants so I figured I’d wait.
It was around this time that we stopped at the 59th St stop. When the announcement came on that the train was no longer in service, I thought it strange but I was not suspicious of anything else. At this point, I was kind of excited to have to walk around the platform in my underwear. I was totally in mission mode, gotta keep on keeping on!
Within seconds of getting on the platform, I was approached by an officer.
“Why aren’t you wearing pants?” asks the officer.
“Umm, I don’t know.” I sheepishly respond.
“Are there others not wearing pants?” He questioned. “Tell them they have to put their pants on.”
“I don’t really know, uh, okay.” I really had no idea who still had no pants nor did I know where everyone was.
A pants seller thrust some pants my way and I put them on. I offered her a dollar for them but she gave them to me for free. Finally, it occurred to me to admit that this was going to be a failed mission. Agent Todd came up to me and said not to worry. I felt at ease, again. The officer took my ID and started writing. I thought, wow, I might get arrested for this!? The officer brought us over to the side which is when I noticed his name was Officer Panton. Then the reporters started taking pictures like crazy. Officer Panton asked me why I was trying to delay the train and I said I wasn’t, I was just sitting there. That was the end of our conversation.
I noticed that there aren’t many photos of me but I was already wearing pants at this point, I wasn’t newsworthy…oh well. I did get free M & Ms from someone! I found it quite exciting and it preoccupied me until Officer Panton moved us to this cell behind the ticket booth. I loved the applause we received while we walked there.
Agent Tassiopoulos, with M&M’s
Then I had to switch the pants I was wearing with someone else because they were her pants. We went into a Diesel Store and they let us change there. I wasn’t able to go to the Brooklyn Bridge because I had to go to work. Unfortunately, the pants she gave me were a little too tight and I had to ride the subway with pants halfway up my butt. Ah, well. I wonder where my pants went though. I hope they found a happy home.
I was one of the two who was given a summons, but not taken off in a police van. At the time I was scared that my photo would show up in the paper and I’d be fired (it didn’t!), but in retrospect I’m soooo glad I participated.
I could barely contain my laughter on the train, and was totally taken aback by the cops showing up. The cop who took down my information’s hand was shaking. I think the photographers and the crowd made him really nervous. He asked me if I just needed to show off to other people – and I said I thought people could witness my hotness with or without pants. Got a chuckle from him. Most of the cops seemed like nice people who just happened to get called in and figured they had to go through the motions.
Agent Omega reads her summons to the crowd after the mission
Our group started off in the last car of the 6 train and all went smoothly. We were getting more attention on the last car where everyone was removing their pants than I noticed us getting on the car we moved into pantless. One woman with a young girl (4 or 5 years old) said something to the girl about it being weird and that they were leaving. When I moved into the next to last car, they were sitting right by the door. Sort of an out of the frying pan situation for them.
Agent Kinney, center
One quick apology to my team members on the last train: I’m sorry for leaving all of you and heading down the platform to see what was going on. Well, I’m not so much sorry for leaving you as I am for not getting back to you in time to keep you from getting back on the train and heading to 125th Street.
Favorite cop quote: “I haven’t run that hard since the academy.” (Overheard while standing next to one of the 30 cops who came running from everywhere near 59th Street.)
Agent Kinney confers with Agent Todd during the chaos
Agent MacNeil started things off wonderfully and easily, and drew some stares from passengers on the train as she took off her pants. Agent Rigel followed up second with no problem. Things were in smooth motion with no coaching needed or instruction from anyone.
After the 2 solo agents depantsed and moved from the staging car to the target car at the first 2 subsequent stops, it was then 2 pairs of depantsers at the next two stops, followed by groups of 4, 8, and 8 depantsers at each following stop.
Bringing up the rear of our group was 3 last agents. This included Agent Krasdale, Agent UPS (wearing a UPS uniform) and me. A comment from a passenger after watching the first 24 agents depants and move on to the target car for 7 straight stops, was “Alright, I don’t know what’s going on, but if this UPS guy takes off his pants, I’m getting off at the next stop.” And right on cue, Agent UPS stands up and depants right in front of him. It was classic. The guy just shook his head. I didn’t stick around to see if he really got off or not at that stop.
Agent UPS, center
I was standing in the doorway of the train and within seconds of purchasing my bargain priced pants and then putting them on, I turn around and a cop comes up to me and looks me right in the eye and says “Anyone on this train have no pants on?” I just stood there and gave him the craziest look I could. Then he looked at on older woman next to me and she replied “I don’t know Officer, I just got on the train.” I just kept looking at the officer like he was off his rocker and shook my head at him. He then left and went up to the first car in the train.
I look out and see the officer pulling off pantless agents from the first car. Fearing the worst, I make the decision to go throughout my car and notify the remaining pantless agents on my team to purchase and put on their pants immediately. As soon as everyone has gotten word, the blond overachieving officer comes back and asks me again if there is anyone on my train without any pants. I just continue to look at him blankly and reply, “I have no idea what you are talking about.”
The conductor then makes an announcement that the train is going out of service due to a police investigation and that everyone has to get off. This was the most comical part of the whole thing. There were about 100 people on the platform with mismatched and ill-fitting pants and about a dozen cops rounding up as many agents as they could that did not have any pants on.
The back of the 59th Street platform became the cops’ impromptu lineup. This included about 8 agents without pants and it turned into a paparazzi barrage of flashbulbs from the press. The cops looked confused, the agents looked hilarious, and I was sneaking in-between the two and providing leftover pants to as many pantlesss agents as I could.
We all decided to get on the 6-train downtown to Brooklyn Bridge to regroup. About 50 agents got on the same car and we sang as loud as we could “99 pants on the train” in the form of “99 beers on the wall.” We actually completed the whole song and were jumping and screaming the whole way downtown shaking the car. I was convinced we would get stopped again. We didn’t, so we sang and chanted some more pants-themed songs. This included a Beastie Boys homage “No Pants Till Brooklyn (Bridge)”, rap remixes “Ain’t No Party like a No Pants Party”, “Slacks are Wack”, and lead by Agent Rodgers and me: “Pantaloons are for Baboons.”
Agent Ace$Thugg distributes lost pants after the mission
Agent Hordefest is roommates with me and Agent Todd. Over the past two years, he’s heard us talk about probably every IE mission to date, but No Pants 2K6 was the first one in which he himself had been able to participate.
So, this being his very first time causing a scene in public, OF COURSE he was one of the few to get busted by the cops.
Agent Hordefest in cuffs
Agent R.Kelley going in to battle
Instead, all I did was give Hordefest a shrug that said, “Oops. Sorry man,” like we were at home and I’d just drank the last of his milk. Except when that happens, he’s usually not in handcuffs. USUALLY.
Agent MacNeil, Leadoff
I was so looking forward to being able to cut and paste my testimonials from the last two years and just change some of the words. *sigh* Screw you, The Law. I won’t go too deep into the spazzy-cops-who-flipped out part of it, because I wasn’t involved in that part, and because other people have much, much better stories on that end. Here are my shoddily memorized transcripts of some of the conversations I had with fully-clothed civilian onlookers:
*Prior to the shit going down*
Woman sitting next to my bare legs: What are these people doing?
Guy standing in front of her (with absolute certainty): It’s a pledge.
Woman: A pledge?
Guy: Like for college. It’s a college pledge.
Guy: You kids think you’re pretty funny?
Me: I forgot my pants.
Guy: Yeah, it’s a pledge.
*While the shit was going down*
Lady: What is that? Is it someone famous?
Me: Jessica Simpson
Lady: Really?! Where?
Me: Over there. That guy’s in the way…. look! See?
Lady: Oh my god! I can’t believe Jessica Simpson’s riding the 6-train!
Me: J-Lo rides the 6-train.
Agent Chunk, Hidden Camera
I got on the target car before everyone else and got out my SUPER secret plain brown paper bag with a hole cut in the side to start video taping. Almost immediately a dude who was wearing a sports starter jacket and who was super jacked (he looked to me like an undercover cop) came over and asked what I was doing. I told him I was filming, since he was looking directly into the paper bag and could see the camera. He said “why?” And I said “I’m on vacation.” Which really made no sense. He told me that I should take the camera out and film people in the open so they knew I was doing it. I said “OK,” and just kept doing what I was doing since Agent Todd wanted the filming undercover until around 23rd st. But honestly this dude was freaking me out. He stood next to me and would intermittently ask me questions: “Where do you live?” “Jersey.” “So you’re on vacation in New York from Jersey. Right.” And after a few rounds of these questions I just took the camera out and started openly filming and asked the dude, “Are you just a concerned citizen?” which was my version of saying “If you’re a cop, be a cop and stop me from filming, if not, leave me alone.” And he said, “I’m a freelance citizen, just like you and your vacation from Jersey.” Which made no sense and also a little sense. Eventually around 23rd St, the dude got of. I have no idea if he was an undercover or off duty police officer, but he sure as hell acted like one.
Later a kinda rocker couple got on and saw kids with no pants on and the dude said, “Oh hey, it’s no pants day! I forgot it was today. But I’m ready.” And immediately dropped his pants. And it seemed like he was ready – since he was wearing bright red and blue underoos kinda underwear. Maybe that dude wears that kinda undergarments all the time, or maybe he truly came “Ready.” After about 7 minutes or so, he pulled his pants back up and they got off the train, but they were definitely psyched.
Agent Lathan, Pants Seller
I was a pants seller in the very last car. When the train stopped at 59th street we didn’t even know there were cops or that people were getting detained. So about 20 of us got on the next train and rode it all the way up to 125th street. We were the ones who got away. One of the many highlights was on the way back down from 125th street to the Brooklyn Bridge station. There were only about 10-15 of us left in a car at that point and we had by then heard the news that some people were arrested. And yet a few daring agents rode back on the train the entire way down with their pants off. Take that Coppers!
Agent Gill, Pants Seller
This was my second year doing the No Pants mission, and was the most exciting. I was assigned to be one of the pants sellers, in the car that of course got in trouble later on! Agent Kodner was my co-pilot in this mission.
As people started to de-pants, Agent Kodner and I struck up an intriguing conversation about Craigslist. As the pants started flying our way, we nonchalantly tucked them in our respective duffle bags, the entire time maintaining our conversation. A few women tourists sitting across from us took out their cameras and camera phones and started snapping away as more and more pants found their way over to us.
At one point, I was intently listening to a point Agent Kodner was making when a pair of pants hit her squarely in the face. Another pair of pants then landed on top of MY head completely covering my face with my hair – but we managed to keep our conversation going. At one point though, I swear, there had to be close to 10 people going at once. There were pants everywhere, as Agent Kodner and I tried to tuck the last few pairs into our bags.
We changed cars at Grand Central to begin our pants selling. I went first, noticing along the way that I had more men’s pants than women’s, so I advised the pantless patrons that my “colleague” behind me had more of a women’s – tailored inventory, and to check with her. A guy with a moustache (I am afraid of moustache’s) asked me why I was selling pants, to which I responded, “Just trying to pay off a student loan”.
As I doubled back to sell pants to those I bypassed, the train was halted at 59th Street station, and an announcement was made that all subway riders were to exit the train onto the platform, due to disruptions in one of the cars. Little did I know that it was OUR car that got caught making the disruptions, and I am now standing next to an officer holding a bag of pants. I tried to tell those people being detained by the police that I had their pants, and I tried handing them a pair saying they could owe me the dollar later, I trust them. But with no avail, the police whisked them away and I was left with a pants surplus (just like last year!!).
The chaos on the platform was just awesome as a wall of photographers flashed their cameras wildly at the line up of pantsless people against the wall. The police tried to keep everyone moving, as little did they know the hundred or so people gathered around all belonged to our pantless heroes. One started whistling the National Anthem to which I tried to instigate amongst the crowds. We all put our rally-caps on, as that was the turning point of the mission.
We headed back to our original spot near Brooklyn Bridge in a subway ride that I will never forget. 99% of the people in there had their pants around their ankles or completely taken off. As random people entered the train, they were told this was a “pantless car” and they had to “drop their pants upon entering”. An older couple in particular thought this was hysterical, as we continued to cheer & chant. The entire car was bouncing up and down as we stuck the word PANTS into every rally cheer imaginable….NO PANTS `TIL …….. BROOKLYN… (BRIDGE)……99 Pairs of Pants on the Train (yes all the way down to 1!)…..Slacks are Whack…..etc etc. It was awesome.
Agent Gill, center with mouth agape
**Watching men in women’s jeans try to walk up the stairs
**Seeing a girl and a guy figuring out they’re wearing each other’s pants
**The joy in people’s faces when they finally found their pants
**Those people who refused to put their pants back on, out of principle, even though they had two pairs in their bag.
**Everyone pitching in a dollar to the guy who had to take a cab home with the wrong pants on.
**The fact that the policeman spelled underwear wrong on one of the summons.
Agent Mercer, Pants Seller
The most urgent thing on my mind before the train got to the 59th street station was the fact that I had to pee really badly. I made the mistake of having this large cup of coffee before I arrived at the meeting location, and as we boarded the train, I knew I was going to be screwed by the time we got down the line, and as a pants seller, I had to maintain some level of focus that didn’t pertain to my bladder.
But when the train pulled into the 59th street station, my bladder took a backseat. I was a pants-seller for our group, along with Agent Rodgers. Over the course of each stop our group had depantsed, given us their garments, and moved to the “target car” successfully, and at 59th street, we made the move toward the car in front of ours to sell the pants to the pantless… when I nearly walked smack dab into a cop standing in the doorway of our target car. The officer had pulled out his flashlight and was shining it directly at the briefs of a pantless agent (odd, since the train was very well lit). The cop said something like, “No, no, no… this is…What is this? Some kind of protest? What are you doing?”
There was a long, tense silence, and I realized the train had been stopped in its tracks- the doors had been opened for a while… they were taking the train out of service. I stood there for what was probably only a few seconds, but it felt like an eternity, mulling over what to do, the cop looming right next to me and my giant sack of trousers, when Agent Rodgers boldly pushed his way past the cop into the packed car, and called out to everyone, “Pants for sale!” I snapped out of it and followed right behind him, realizing we had to get the pants back on everyone before the cop saw the rest of the no-pants agents amid the general public…
As soon as Agent Rodgers and I announced we had pants for sale, we were inundated with an urgent rush of the pantless, dollars flying at us, hands raised high, “Oh, I need some pants!” I was handing out the pants very quickly, but the funny thing was, the mission was holding. It still worked, and everyone maintained their cool, just in a more desperate fashion… like they really, really wanted those pants (except for Agent Kula, who was lackadaisically leaning against the center pole with his iPod and looked up toward the end of the rush and, slowly removing his headphones, just said, “Oh, hey, you sellin’ pants?” Priceless.)
One moment I remember during the chaos: an agent nearby me asked me if I had any size 32’s, and I was already out of pants. I called down to Agent Rodgers, who was at the other end of the car (I think I called him “Jim” for some reason, I remember having this weird notion in the moment that I better not use his real name with the cop nearby… like it made any difference… weird)… anyway, I called to him and said, “Hey, ya got any 32’s down there?” He didn’t hear me, and this woman sitting closer to him smiled, got his attention, and said, “Excuse me, do you have any 32’s? That guy over there needs 32’s.”
In the end, a couple of people in our car didn’t get their pants in time and were detained, and then they, including Agent McCarson from our group, got some great press interviews and became heroes of the mission. And I got to pee at Bloomingdale’s.
Agent Rodgers, Pants Seller
I was a pants seller, or as I interpreted it, a pants hustler, so I tried to dress the part. Someone selling pants on the subway, I imagined, would look similar to the young, urban gentlemen who sell candy for basketball uniforms, class trips, or to “keep themselves out of trouble.”
By 51st Street my car had been cleared of agents, and my fellow pants hustler, Agent Mercer, and I were debating what stop to start selling pants. He asked me, “Should we start at 59th?” I told him we could, but that still leaves quite a few stops before 125th, so maybe we should wait an extra stop. “Lets make `em sweat a little,” I said.
I was prepared to wait past 59th, when I realized our train was taking far too long to move. Then a police officer poked his head in to our car, which was empty of agents, and I heard him say, “Nope none in this car. I still haven’t seen any yet.”
Then he went to the front car, which was where the pantlsess agents were. I told Agent Mercer we better move, so we cut in front of the policeman and entered the car. This was right before he laid eyes on Agent R. Kelley. The policeman was completely dumbfounded by the sight of Agent R. Kelley, who is noticeably tall and wore high white socks and “tightey whiteys.”
“YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME,” the officer said. “Can someone tell me what’s going on here? Get over here.”
No one broke character.
Agent Mercer moved to the middle of the car, I stepped in front of the police officer, telling him “Yo I’ll just sell `em pants.”
Then I yelled, “Excuse me ladies and gentlemen, I am on this subway selling pants, not for no charity, but for myself, to stay out of trouble. $1.” I saw Agent Mercer start to sell as well in the middle of the train. The cop left talking to himself, ” I don’t know what ta do! It’s da whole train!”
I knew I had to act fast, and dish out as many pants as I could, before he came back. I gave Agent R. Kelley a pair right away, since he was the main person who drew the poilceman’s attention. I threw a pair of pants at a few people, snatched their dollars, and poked my head outside the car. I saw more cops and a few agents being taken out of the cars behind us. I saw Agent Mercer had sold out of pants, so I walked out the door at the end of the car, where I had distributed a good amount of pants, and walked to the front. What surprised me was how disappointed everyone was with the pants they ended up with. Time was of the essence, but people were shouting, “Do you have any 32s?” Even a passenger, an elderly black woman, spoke on an Agents behalf, saying, “He wants a 32.”
In the end I said, “All I got is a size 8 Women’s, I think you should take it.”
After the well-documented police action, we Agents rode the subway back downtown to our original stop at the Brooklyn Bridge. I found myself in a car filled with almost all agents. We were screaming a no pants version of 100 bottles of beer on the wall, called 100 pairs of pants on the train. The song ended a few stops too early, which led to a few chants. I will take credit for starting, “Hey-Hey Ho-Ho, These pants we’re wearing got to go!” Someone near me started the best one, “no pants till Brooklyn (bridge)” Agent Ace$thugg started, “Pantaloons are for Baboons.” The only non-participants I saw in this car were a young couple who got so caught up in the energy they started making out in the corner.
The romantic in me would like to think this was not the only love connection that was made at this years no pants. There was a rare feeling in the air, as people exchanged pants outside the 6-train stop that was hard to leave without a smile.
Agent Montague, Door Watcher
We began the day assembled in front of the courthouse, and we shall end the mission in the courthouse.
I feel bad for the detained agents and the civilians who were stranded on the platform. That said, this was the best mission ever.
My job was simple: hold the subway doors, and make sure agents travel safely from one car to the next during stops. I was glad I’d been placed in a target car, and not a changing car. That way, I could watch the pantless agents arrive to an unsuspecting crowd. As agents trickled in, none of the riders even noticed. They continued not to notice until the larger groups of 4 and 8 arrived. Then, it was a mixture of smiling people and people who didn’t care.
The conductor knew something was up, and he even announced during one of the stops “Something crazy is going on on this train.” His tone was perplexed and confused, but certainly not annoyed.
After all of the agents had safely found their target cars, I figured I’d take my pants off too. I was standing right next to Agent Barrison (one of the detained agents). I figured I’d leave car #5, and go to a changing car. I was a civilian with pants to car #5, and I wanted to stay that way. Around 42nd St, I headed to car #6, took off my pants, and put them in my backpack. At the next stop I headed to car #7, instead of back to car #5. Car #5 might’ve recognized me. This line of thinking saved my ass.
When the doors at 59th St. had been open for several minutes, I knew something was going on. Even though my doorman duties were fulfilled, my instinct was to check the platform. I stepped out, and saw a policeman scurrying toward car #5. Assuming the cops were heading in our direction, I reached into my backpack and put my pants back on. The rest is history.
I can only imagine what the cops must’ve thought when they realized the stunt was swarming with media. As the detainees lined up, so did the cameramen. Brilliant. Just brilliant.
After the drama died down, we decided to head uptown on an arriving 6 train. At the last second, we decided to go downtown instead. Some of us exited the train, while others stayed on the train. Agent Todd signaled everyone off the train. Those still on the train were mostly oblivious. A thought raced through my head… “That’s my job. Hold that door.” It remained only a thought. The doors closed, and agents were now scattered in different directions. Some people with their own pants, but most people with other people’s pants. It was the ultimate mix-up. People were wandering around aimlessly, looking for the right pair of pants. If people didn’t wear pants, this problem never would have happened.
Agent Walker, Pants Seller
Four civilians from the original train followed the entire mission, apparently aborting their prior commuting plans just to witness the goings-on. As we all (or mostly all) re-gathered at Brooklyn Bridge to exchange pants, they were still there, continuing to utter statements of disbelief.
When the depantsing first occurred a group of strangers started excitedly conversing in Spanish. I wish I knew the Spanish word for pants.
I was a pants seller, and when the train got “pulled over” I still hadn’t unloaded all my merch. Having already received a summons for the sake of Improv Everywhere for the U2 stunt, I didn’t wish to tango with the fuzz. All of a sudden I felt like I was carrying around a big hot sack of evidence. Slyly, I managed to conduct business as usual on the platform, making that crucial last 3 bucks and repantsing the stranded. F%#@ the police.
Favorite quote: “Excuse me, miss. You’re not wearing pants.”
Agent Shelktone, Team Captain
Agent Shelktone organizes his team
When we made it into the next car, it was 23rd St and very soon after Agent Arnheiter, came in selling pants for his high school basketball team. We were so jammed in, I bought pants right away. Luckily, my pants fit perfectly. A little kid about 5 or 6 was trying to point out to his dad that a girl next to me had no pants on. The dad was trying to ignore it. But the little kid kept pointing. I guess just like why is the sky blue, the dad didn’t have an easy answer to why is that lady not wearing any pants?
Got there, and everyone cheered that our lost group found it’s way back to the flock. And found out Agent Barrison and others had gotten taken ‘downtown’ (“to Chinatown”). We were supposed to play in an open mic later that night so I got to leave a classic message for a bandmate of, “Hey, I’m not sure if we’re going to do the show tonight, Flynn got arrested*.”
* didn’t get arrested but thought he did at the time…
Anyway, it turned out to be a really exciting mission!
Agent Good, Leadoff
I was the leadoff guy for Agent Shelktone’s group in the 4th from the back target car. We boarded our staging car and the second the doors closed my pants were down. The only person to react to this was a small Chinese man a few feet away, he nudged his friend and they both snickered. I tossed Agent Arnheiter my pants and moved to our target car at the first stop, Canal Street. I was greeted with almost no immediate reaction. As I made my way from one end of the car to the other all I got was a quick peak then a turn to conceal a smile. And that was only from a few of the people. I got down to the other end of the car where a group of college students were sitting opposite of each other and wedged myself in between them so they had to talk around me. They were trying to gesture to each other about me, without me noticing. One of them even pretended to check her cell phone while snapping a picture of my bright pink boxers.
When I got off Agent Arnheiter found me and threw me the bag of pants. After finally finding mine (being worn by one of the other agents) and helping others get theirs, I went to see what happened. Eight of our agents were up against a wall surrounded by police, the press, and an unruly crowd. All of the detainees seemed to be calm and even staying in character. One of the photographers told me she heard a cop call in a “10-13” which I was told meant officer in distress, which led to eight more cops running down to the train at full speed only to find a few people with their pants off. I stayed with Agent Todd as most of the agents went back to our original meeting place. Most of the officers were ignoring questions and trying to figure out what the hell was going on. One young officer who arrived late let me ask him about our captive friends, he left to find out and came back to tell me about the disorderly conduct charge and that they would have a court date. When passersby found out what was going on, every single one of them said that it was the cops were taking this too seriously and no one should have been arrested. Even despite our little hiccup this was a very exciting and successful mission and trust me, everyone there had a story to tell their friends.
Agent Good watches as Agent Shafer films the detainees from afar
Having been a leadoff man on last year’s ride, I kept the pants on for this year’s run.
The car became crowded very quickly, maybe even by the first stop, but I’d staked out some ground, and as pants flew my way, people gave me a bit more space.
Two women who were seated to my left said, “Can we ask what’s going on?” I told them that I own a vintage clothing store, and I find you can get some good deals on the subway, and I just re-sell these in my shop. An older woman by the door said “I might take my pants off,” and I told her that today would be the day to do it. Her husband joined in saying he’d take his pants off, but he’s not wearing any underwear. I replied that he shouldn’t let that get in the way of things.
When all of the pantless agents were in the fourth car, I went through the doors. This is illegal now, but I figured, hey, why not, you only live once, so I flagrantly disregarded the statute and went through.
The car was packed, and there were a slew of agents right there. I started my story: “I am sorry for the interruption ladies and gentlemen, my name is Carl and I’m a high school senior selling pants to raise money for my high school basketball team. In addition to helping me buy a new uniform, selling pants on the train keeps me off the streets and out of trouble.”
Business was gangbusters immediately. When I moved past the first set of doors, it was a little less crowded, and the agents were spaced further apart. I repeated my story, declined a donation – “I don’t want a pair of pants, but I’d like to donate $1 toward your uniform” – and fielded a few questions about where I went to school and how the team’s doing this season. Not every agent bought a pair of pants.
After 50th St, I moved to the next car forward. And at 59th St., the doors didn’t close. Then came the “Ladies and gentlemen, we apologize for the unavoidable delay,” and with that, I saw uniformed officers peering into the car as they walked by. I was just about to move back to the car containing still pantless agents when they took the train out of service. Now on the platform, I rounded up the few unclothed holdouts and made sure they had a pair of pants – any pants – as no one was sure what was happening. By this time, there were a lot of camera flashes coming from the front end of the platform.
After that was settled – I wasn’t near or a part of it, so there’s nothing for me to say about it – we headed back downtown. There were only a few of us in a car, with the bulk of agents in the car behind us. Each time the door opened, we’d hear a new chant. One standout, “No pants to Brooklyn!” and at one point, I guess people were jumping up and down because the entire car was bouncing. A very unusual site, and one that got us all laughing.
That’s the way I saw it all…
Agent Todd holds a Pants Seller meeting, pre-mission
I was working as a pants seller in the last car of the train, with Agent Lathan. Things went pretty smoothly on the trip up. We tried to separate the pants, with Agent Lathan taking the gentlemen’s slacks and the women’s trousers going in my bag. This made it a little easier for people to find their pants when we finally moved into the sales car at 59th St. We were in the station for an inordinately long time, but this gave us time to sell most of our pants. When we were asked to clear the car, I felt like it was probably due to our mission, but we were at the opposite end of the platform from where the police activity was happening and couldn’t see anything. A new train came a few minutes later, we reboarded and as we pulled out of 59th St., I was watching the platform to see if I could see the cause of the delay. As we passed the station exits, I saw a massive cluster of people, with a couple of cops at the center of it all and camera flashes going off. I remember thinking “Oh … shit,” but there was nothing we could do as the train sped out of the station.
On the way up to 125th St., Agent Lathan noticed an ad for Bahamas Tourism which had the tagline “Say no to pants.” How can the MTA get mad about people depantsing when their own trains bear advertisements promoting that very activity?
Agent Nicholson’s Flickr photoset (Nearly 300 photos)
Agent Rainswept’s Flickr photoset (100 more photos)
Agent Linder’s Blog (A comprehensive listing of No Pants 2k6 related links)
Also see the comments section below for reports from many of the other agents involved.
All 8 ticketed agents eventually had their cases dropped. 6 appeared in criminal court and 2 appeared in transit court.
Below is the actual decision as written by the transit court in dismissing Agent Omega (real name omitted from the document for her privacy). Officer Panton (yes, his real name) appeared and testified that it was a “fun day”. Read the whole document– it’s hilarious.
There were arrests. But the charges are frivolous and inappropriate. All of the people detained were dressed respectably, if perhaps just a bit unprepared for January weather.
My fun story: As I was getting undressed (down to double-boxers) in the staging car, a woman sitting next to me with her family became quite annoyed and took the opportunity to berate me as such:
“Oh, so now you’re gonna strip? In front of my kids? I hope you like what you’re doing!”
This was actually the coolest thing I have ever taken part in. I don’t think I have ever de-pants infront of so many people. My fun story: when one of my team members took depants, a couple turned to each other and cried "honey lets get out of here" and ran to the back of the subway to the next cart, where they probably encountered more pantless people. I can’t wait till next year!
those arrested were merely detained, we received summons and that was all, 45 minutes later we were free and on our ways,
i still am pantsless
I’m one of those people who read about this in Time Out, so I wasn’t surprised to see all those underpants in my subway car this afternoon! But I kept your collective secret and didn’t breathe a word to my fellow passengers. Also – earlier today I witnessed something disturbing on the subway, so it was quite a relief to have a few minutes of silliness on my ride back home. Thank you and may you all dream of Superhero Underroos tonight.
this was, without a doubt, the most amazing thing ive done in a while. the actuall de-pantsing was nothing interesting, a few stares. when i walked into the car, a women asked me “is this the lucky car?” other highlights was when a asian women with two kids asked me why i wassent wearing anypants, and then her kid asked me why i wasent wearing pants (he looked about 4) later she told me that it was “fortunate” that the pants sellers had come that day. after the cops came, (i was in car 4) we all got out and talked with people about what had happened. (we were all wearing pants.) people said that what the poice did was shocking, and that they were more upset about that then the pantless people. on the way back, i was on the exciting car. where we depantsed again, and sang delightfull songs and chants, such as 99 pairs of pants on the train. the real fun was when we would stop and people would take one look and go to the next car. there was also an elderly couple that got on, and were asked to depants. after that, not much happened of interest. all in all, an excelent mission. i definitly enjoyed myself.
A gloriously trivial adventure indeed.
While my friend was reading Cosmo and looking at the stupid pictures of pompous shirtless men, the woman sitting next to us peered over her shoulder, saying, "I may be old, but I’m not dead." When we started de-pantsing a few minutes later, she was flabbergasted. We said it was getting a little stuffy, and we just wanted to cool down. In the next car, we got our pants back, discussing how philanthropic we felt contributing money to the success of Carl’s high school basketball team, and keeping kids off the streets.
After the 59th street detour and all that uncalled for legal raucous, we made our way to 125th. Another joyful time was had with a bunch of ten year old boys who were sliding down the railings on their jackets. We cheered them on, Harry joined, more joined.
I’m sorry the mission had to be aborted, but I think it was a success. People in this city are much more human than we give them credit for.
Great time! For the record, I am still holding a pair of blue jeans hostage. Distinguishing marks: a brown boy scout belt.
If you want to see your pants again, please leave $300 in small, unmarked bills in a football in washington square park fountain.
Or just e-mail me. Clarkus@gmail.com
And if anyone has MY pants… I would like them back. They have become molded to my body in all the right places and wouldn’t really fit you correctly anyway. I swear. Distinguishing marks: double belt loops (a loop INSIDE the belt loop), blue jeans (I *think* they’re 32/30, but I could be wrong. I don’t know my size). They might be Express brand.
I need to get to know my pants better, I think. But they definitely have double belt loops, and they are definitely not your pants.
As for my story…
Besides the odd guy sayng "That’s f-ing crazy, man!" people tended to look in the opposite direction, which was usually their own lap. However…
After I de-pantsed and went into the car, a little boy of about 6 years old takeso ne look at me and starts giggling like he was insane. His mom shushed him, but he pointed at me and said "Mom, that guy isn’t wearing any pants! Look, mom! No pants!"
She shushed him and said something to the effect of don’t stare.
He still stared, and every once in a while tugged on her arm to make her look too. Very Emperor’s new clothes of him.
Well, I’d be one of those people who got “detained.” It is definitely more shocking to claim to be arrested, but in the end they let us go. My impression was that they were trying to decide if it was more embarrasing to book us or release us. In general most of the police were quite nice, even if a few were a bit frazzeled.
I get to go explain to a judge how I managed to comit dissorderly conduct by sitting quietly and playing mahjong on my PDA. “The pants seller only had size 8 womens.”
My main impressions were that the press were excessive. I felt like there were more of them than of us. We weren’t doing it for them.
When we were lined up against the first wall, Some jerk started yelling. What was with that? That annoyed me more than the behavior of the cops.
They let us out, and sent us home on the subway, with Dave still pantsless. I did get my pants back, because Rob got nicked wearing them.
In the end it was pretty mellow.
When I asked the cop "what are they being held for" he said "causing a public nuisance" – to which I replied “the only public nuisance is that you stopped the train!”. Being of the videographers (although not a very good one…sorry Charlie) I can tell you that the reaction I witnessed was one of amusement and question – I didn’t see a single person being publicly nuised!
I’m back out of the holding cell, and eager to see pictures of us.
Not sure what to do with my Disorderly Conduct ticket… my tendency
is to just appear at the court date (March 28th at 9:30am) and plead
guilty. But if we have even the slighest chance at beating the charge,
I’d take a shot.
As a result of everything, I have someone’s pair of black Rustlers, size 34×30.
And I’m looking for my jeans — APC, sized 34 and hem length longer
than all get out. If I could just get the email addresses of the
people I need to talk to, that would be great.
The most fun I’ve had yet on an IE mission. The two highlights for me were:
1) Sitting crosslegged reading a magazine – pantsless of course – when a young Latino boy of only 5 or 6 years sat next to me with his parents nearby. He looked at me with disgust, but when he noticed one of the photographers taking shots of the mission, he eased up. When the photographer showed him the picture she had just taken of me and him on her camera’s display screen, his smile widened. That’s why Improv Everywhere exists I think – to make people smile once in a while.
2) The funniest moment for me happened as the cops began to arrive and instruct all riders than they exit the train. I whispered to Agent Kula and asked something to the effect of "Should we get off? What should we do?" Staying in character, unfazed by what was happening around him, Agent Kula responded to nobody in particular "Oh, the train’s out of service? Hm, how about that."
I blogged about it a bit as well, and have been updating it as I discover new articles being released:
Despite the chaos at 59th Street, this was a lot of fun. I was in car four and was yanked off the train by a police officer who wanted to know why I didn’t have any pants on. I told him I didn’t know but that I was getting ready to buy some just before I got pulled out of the train. He wanted to know how many in my car were pantless and I told him it was crowded and didnt notice. Amazingly he let me go back to the car to get pants but the pant sellers were nowhere to be found. I stood around not knowing quite what to do but eventually found the pants guy and put on some pants. The policeman that was questioning me let me go. Thanks! I’m the guy in the green hat, green sweatshirt, green underwear, blindingly white chicken legs and a black coat walking with the policeman in the AP photos. Till next time!
Taking your pants off in the middle of January on a crowded subway is such a trip.
I read my book for a while and people stared and snickered. I somehow kept a straight face. Nobody said anything awful to me. Some old guy definately tried to start up a conversation with me about the book I was reading. (A Million Little Pieces) Asking me if I had heard about all the publicity it has gotten. We only talked for a minute. Another guy on the train said he really liked my red sox belt. Which i was wearing over my underwear. Just to accesorize.
I got put in a subway token holding cell briefly, but I told one of the cops I was taking NYPD test in 3 weeks and he saw that I was in there he came and got me out right away.
So I just want to say thank you to everybody at no pants day. I went by myself and everybody was so friendly and welcoming. It was definately one of the most positive experiences Ive had in quite some time.
There were too many photographers.
I’ve always loved IE and in all honesty, was excited about moving to New York (from San Jose via Boston) if only for the chance to help out with Charlie’s group – I was quite excited to see the NP2k6 post when it went up.
It was, of course, my first IE mission and though things were seriously derailed and I don’t think that any of those six are *happy* about being taken to the precinct, I do think that it was still a success. People were pissed to miss their train and appointments, but I didn’t hear single stranger blame "those pantless people."
I got the moment I was hoping for – as another Agent reported from a few years back – I was in a middle wave (Union Square) and as the first few rounds went off, I looked up from the Voice with a doubtful expression. A twentysomething stranger was standing next to me and we looked at each other with a, "What the hell/Only in New York" sort of expression and returned to reading. The next stop my pants came off and he could only chuckle into his book.
Once on the forward car and things became clear to those who had been seated there the entire time, a woman asked me, "Excuse me?" I waited for her to ask again, "Excuse – what is this?"
"Why are you in your underwear?"
I looked around as if to say, "are you insinuating that I forgot my pants as part of some broader bare-legged conspiracy?" And explained, "I forgot."
Things got crazy on the platform – lots of vigilantes trying to rouse the crowd or drop their pants yet again (Charlie seemed keen on the latter idea, so I took mine off again – the police didn’t seem to mind).
The train ride back was another highlight – we had the whole car singing and chanting and sucking on lollipops – quite a few strangers among them.
Like Agent Linder, I’ve blogged about it here: <a href="http://presta.blogspot.com>http://presta.blogspot.com</a>. I even got the link and quote from Gothamist! Hot.
I would love the chance to help out with more underground sort of missions any time in the future – and I had no idea my car leader was *the* Agent Kula! He’s an IE legend!
We had a really great time. Fortunately, we weren’t the ones to be detained as we were in the second to last car of the train but we had fun nontheless. One rider actually started asking questions about my partner’s cool Gameboy micro rather than his lack of pants. Wish we had spread out to two or three trains. Maybe next year?
to the blonde girl erin with pink undies, email me, Cocaineshotgun@gmail.com
i gave out lollipops to everyone on the way home. singing cart forever. i haven’t read the other comments yet but <3333. WE GO DOWN TOGETHER GUYS, AIN’T NO PARTY LIKE A NO PANTS PARTY.
Well that was damned intresting. My heart goes out to you guys who had been detained. Sorry the police had be to be stubborn with you.
I was stuck with one of the pants sellers pants and i’m a big guy who needs big pants. So yeah it was awesome some kid pointed like
"Look mommy, this guy isn’t wearing any pants…and he’s playing PSP!!!"
Yeah so i had to tight walk upstairs and what not but hey it was damned fun.
Best part though on the train ride back home we all sang 99 pairs of pants on the train allllllllllll the way down from where we were stopped back down to where the brooklyn bridge along with other chants.
My most memorable part of this IE Mission: We’re singing 99 pairs of pants and a guy wants to get into the train. He looks in and is like.."Oh what the…forget this…::goes to another car::" That just inspired me to sing the song even more just to freak them out. People were staring at us on the platforms we passed by. Yeah it was awesome…it was indeed awesome.
Still though i’m missing my pants.
Really baggy blue jean pants just really big guy pants >.>; I’m missing those jeans so if you have them by any chance just please e-mail me at
And i thank you ALL ever so much for chipping in a dollar to send me home in a taxi. If you would like to be reimbursed your dollar back for my taxi ride i’ll be glad to reiumburse ya back the dollar lol. Just e-mail me up above. But you have to e-mail me the details of the color of my sweater i was wearing just to prove that i know ya gave me some cash on my way home..
BTW i’m kinda banned fron 2K6 now due to the losing of my pants lol. I don’t think i’ll tell my parents about the next No Pants 2k6.
But this is certainly one story…that i will be telling my kids lmfao. Thank you guys for no pants 2k6. Though the main mission had been disrupted it was still pretty successful as we broke off at brooklyn bridge.
Thanks again guys for showing me another grand time ^_^;
hey yall. I’m the chick who took off the white skirt and ended up with the black briefs and black knee highs.
first of all, so much fun. that was my first IE mission, and i went by myself, and everyone was so welcoming and friendly. thanks for making my experience a positive one.
i blogged a bit of side of the adventure as well.
but yeah. here’s to the No Pants Till Brooklyn (bridge) chant! here’s to the groups who took the plunge at union square. here’s to all the boys in tighty whiteys and the UPS man!
Well it was a blasy until the 59th street station when New York’s finest broke things up. I will never forget the look on this Asian woman’s face…she took several pictures of me while I leaned against the door…which is illegal. The ride back to the Brookly Bridge with a melody of "99 pairs of pants on the wall." Hopefeully No Pants 2K6 part 2 or 2K7 will happen…I am sure everyone involved had as much fun as I did…and yes I finally got my pants back.
I was in the last traincar… does anyone know the names of the male agent selling pants and the car leader-agent?
Also, I wore a black leather jacket and read a Post, if anyone has any pictures of me I’d really appreciate them: firstname.lastname@example.org
oh ya sorry if anyone has pictures of me i would adore them, i was the guy with kinda wild hair, green jacket, and ripped jeans. i had a tendency to keep my pants off near the end. (email@example.com)
In the coming days, many many photos will be posted to this site and others.
I have two pairs of pants that are unclaimed:
1) “Woodward” brand jeans, size 32
2) Russel Athletic size large black sweatpants
Email me through the contact page on this site to claim them.
First off, I had a blast today, despite the premature end and the disruption at 59th.
Here’s my summary of the day:
I was one of the first 8 to de-pants in the second-to-first car (Team Kula). The second guy to leave (I forget his name) was very tall, wore briefs and caused a bit of a scandal–a couple left abruptly as he readied himself for his stop. The same guy was targeted by the police when we were on 59th, and got into a bit of a squabble. Once the train was held at the station, it became clear that people needed to get pants on, quick. For some reason we had a few minutes to do so–while the cops were elsewhere–and when Rodgers and the other pants-seller came in it was not at all like a transaction, but more like a wrap-up (I almost got a pair of free pants before I reminded the guy to take my dollar, and then I easily got to trade the pair I had for my own). Once we were on the platform, the cops walked by us and checked to see who was dressed, saying “You got pants on? You got pants on?” That’s when I heard a lady complain about the delay, and a few minutes later, as we were all headed to the Downtown platform, the detainees walked by us, with a few policemen (and probably a dozen different media people), as “agents” chanted “No Pants is Not a Crime!”
I was a little disappointed when the cops stopped us, not because I was dying to sit there pantsless for another half hour (which I was), but because of the angry reactions from the passengers. That one lady was yelling about how she was “late for work” and I believe said that if they let the first train go, we would just repeat the whole thing again on the next one–“They’re just gonna do it again!”
The other thing was, there were just too many people in our car–I don’t know how the others turned out. My corner was so crowded it felt like rush hour, and I could only spot one person who wasn’t a participant. Plus the cameras were everywhere.
The stuff I saw afterwards, however–the chanting of “No Pants is not a crime!” as the arrested were led away (like Rock stars), the “party train” on the way back Downtown with “99 pairs of pants on the train” and “No pants till Brooklyn (Bridge),” the mingling back at the station and everything else–was truly inspiring.
At one point, during one of the many chants in the “party train,” a few passengers got on (an older man and his companions) and they were sort of amused, not appalled, by the noise we were making, the lack of room on the train, and the fact that some of us had no pants on.
I’m really glad I was there for that.
so i had a fun day.
on my train, when it became time for my depantsing, at 23rd street, i did so, with the people standing behind me saying "and now another one is doing it" and a girl saying "yo all these people are like naked or something", then i went into my train, stood for one stop and then grabbed an open seat, everything was smooth sailing, when asked by the woman next to me, i lamented that my girlfriend had thrown me out of the apartment and i hadnt time to grab a pair of pants, she asked if everyone else got thrown out, i didnt appreciate the insinuation taht my girlfriend was banging the whole train, otherwise it was calm, at 59th i sat waiting, annoyed by the delay, got off the train when instructed and stood reading my book "skinny legs and all", that is until Officer Bowser grabbed me and took me to the wall and stood watch over myself and the others being detained,
once we were taken to the paddy wagon we sat as the cops in the paddy wagon ahead of us got their chinese food takeout while our cops screamed obscenities at them, (officer bowser, hows the MuSHu? should i try that place out?)
the holding cell was dumb, the handcuffs uncomfortable and they took away my music,
there was one cop there who thought it was bullshit we even got arrested, he claimed to be the only liberal cop we’d ever meet. he was cool
after about 45 minutes we were handcuffed once more, brought to the front of the station, uncuffed, received our tickets and were sent on our way,
at this point i asked the officer escorting me out if i could ride the subway home, he answered no, but then whispered that it was fine, so i reentered the station, taking the 5 train home,
oh yeah, i never had any pants, i rode home doing the same as what caused the problem in the first place but with no stares no problems, no nothing,
regardless, i highly enjoyed my first IE event and look forward to next years no pants!
I was the girl with black hair and wearing a kahki jacket and pink undies, reading a book. I was in Agent Flynns group in the 6th car. I had so much fun with my group. So if anybody remembers me and wants to keep in touch please do so. firstname.lastname@example.org. if anybody has any pictures of my group please let me know. Thank you Flynn for taking one for the team. You were so great.
oh yeah, and while being detained initially i whistled the star spangled banner,
and as we were taken away i received a high five from one of the camera men and from a random stranger in the audience,
thanks for the applause from the crowd!
I was videotapping in the next to last car. The first pantless rider to enter our car was none other than Agent Todd himself. The two older women across the car from me started laughing immediately and one of them said, as if it were the only explination possible, "Somebody stole that boy pants!" and when a pantless woman entered the car at the next stop, the women laughed and again blammed it on pants thieves. Within a few stops pantless riders were in the majority and the audience members seemed to retreat into their own inner world and occasionally shake their heads. When we got detrained at 59th our group was unaware of the drama further up the platform, so in the chaos we borded the next 6 train. It was a strange limbo ride all the way up to 125th without knowing what had happened to the rest of the participants. While we were waiting at 125th some cops got off the train and walked by us apparently said something like, "That’s the rest of them" and then left. We finally got the news that the rest of the mission was at Brooklyn Bridge station and headed back. The ride downtown felt sad but a few resolute riders took their pants off anyway.
Agent LJ Boston – we were right next to each other on the train when the impromptu book club broke out about my copy of ’20 Years at Hull House’ and your copy of Frey’s book. I wanted to chime in about all the ruckus about his lying and such, but that would have been breaking the rules.
Anyway, not to be missed-connectionsy about things, but shoot me an email to say hi or something: email@example.com.
I was both a team captain and a detainee. Look for my contribution to an upcoming AP article. Some notable cop comments to tide you over:
In reaction to the book I was reading "The First World War" one cop asked me, "You trying to start World War Three today?" I denied the charge.
This cop also asked if we were the same people who "were buck naked in Times Square, lying on the ground?" I denied the charge.
The officer who patted us down in the holding cell remarked on how well dressed I was. He especially liked my coat, and guessed that is was by Ralph Lauren. I told him it was actually Hugo Boss. "Oooh, I hope you didn’t pay full price!" he siad. I told him that I did not, and that I actually bought it at a Saks Off 5th Factory Outlet. For some reason, this made him think that I was originally from Long Island (which I am and told him so) and he decided that I was his favorite of the five of us in the cell. He told me I was lucky my coat wasn’t his size, or he’d take it. Imagine if I wasn’t his favorite. This cop also said that he thought it was inane that we were taken in for not wearing pants on the train. He described himself as the only "liberal cop in the place".
I, myself, was detained for "walking in underware causing a public alarm" (I do know how to spell underwear)Asked by the officer why I wanted to delay the train. I responded, "I didn’t, I was just sitting there." I wish my cop was as liberal but I believe he was the one who called for back up. Anyhow, I had a good time…still wondering where my pants are…I guess I forgot.
Oh that singing made me go insane just a pinch more. How many pairs of pants can there really be on a train?!
To the girl who I gave my skyblue/white pj pants to: Hope they served you well.
i was in agent ace$thug’s car, and depantsed (fantastic verb) as planned. in the target car, i ended up near the door, so i tried to lean out at the stops until i didn’t see any more knickers headed to my car. sadly, the cameras were rampant, both video and stills – how silly can it be if that woman insists on shooting each person in their smalls up close?! so much for the inconspicious rule. not real slick when the guy two feet from me is getting video of me in my (admittedly, rather exciting print) underwear. my only complaints were the media.
other than that, no one seemed to care about the depantsing, though some guys who were in my staging car kept elbowing each other and looking at me. i wore baggy pants for ease of getting them off and in case someone else needed to wear them for a short time (and at least two people did before i recovered them!).
some girls could not take the tension and left the target car. the last one looked at me and apologized.
there were some good comments:
the asian woman and her kids were fun.
while i was buying someone else’s pants, one guy was like "this must be a gag, there’s no way…..’ which was true, the ratios were too high. he was trying to play it cool to his friends like he’s a tough new yorker until one person got off the train and the ever-present media took a close up. then he just said ‘ok, now *that’s* perverted, now people are *photographing* this. SICK!" thirty seconds later, when we were all hauled off the train, he was furious. no joy in his life… :(
on the rest of the way home (esp. the downtown platform where i found my pants), i saw people – who weren’t with IE – looking confused and checking other people’s state of pants.
the best part of the downtown ride wasn’t 99 pairs of pants on the train, but the confusion of the guy trapped and pretendng this was normal and just waiting to escape. or that some people depantsed to their ankes, making it look like they’d been caught in a personal moment….
special thanks to agent ace$thug who guided me to a pants seller just in time…as my neighbor was the tall self-proclaimed pasty guy in the ap photos… ;)
My first small set of photos is up – http://flickr.com/photos/icopythat/sets/72057594052543375/
and I will tell all y’all when all 267 are up later.
I was on the last car, which sounds like it was a lot less eventful than the rest of the train, but more like what I expected from reports of previous years. Some people looked at us funny, I heard Agent Todd having a conversation with a curious man from Paris, a woman who followed us from the staging car to the target car asked if we were going streaking, and there was some speculation about what we were up to.
After getting off the train at 59th St, most of the agents from our car blissfully got on the next 6 train and continued on our way, unaware that the mission had been aborted by dozens of cops at the other end of the platform.
When we got back to Brooklyn Bridge from 125th St, there was a round of cheers as we were reunited with the remaining agents and it made me laugh that this one idea spawned so many interesting adventures in the span of less than 3 hours.
Sitting in my undies, I had just started to fall into a fake snooze when I realized that our train had been in the same station for a bit longer than usual. I had given up my pants several subway stops ago in car #4. I languidly looked around and wondered what the holdup was. Then our fearless no-pants leader passed by to inform us that the cops stopped the train because of us. My first thought was, “You gotta be friggin kidding me! The cops must be totally bored.” Then I thought, “This city can’t tolerate a few people walking around in their boxers?”
I call for more “no pants” missions
FWIW, here’s my blogpost on why the conduct described in the newspaper articles is not covered by the disorderly conduct statute.
I was on the same car as Agent Mirka above, the last/next to last.
I’d have to say the moment that made my day was at the first stop, when the first group began to depants. A teenage girl on the train just bit her lip and held back a huge smile before looking around at the other riders and wondering what the hell was going on. Just that first moment of "…the hell?" was enough to make some of us smile for a second. I even saw some of the "professionals" start to crack grins with that first reaction.
We didn’t really know what the hell was going on at 59th, and it wasn’t until we boarded the next train, departed, and saw agent Charlie/Todd still on the platform that we realized that things weren’t going as planned.
But we got some great entertainment from some cool-as-hell kids sliding down banisters and dancing for us at 125th street.
Two cops even got off a 4 train and gestured towards us and said "Is this the rest of them?" but we were all fully clothed by this point and were entirely law abiding.
In retrospect, we probably should have gone with the "Let’s try and stage this again with just this small group" idea on the way back from 125th to brooklyn. Whatevs, still a great mission if you ask me.
And believe me, we were all really upset when we heard that people got arrested.
Good times folks, I’ve never enjoyed "bottles on the wall" until this point, it turned into a chant of sorts, releasing much of the crazy cop hostility. I’m glad those arrested had an okay experience and that people are not discouraged into turning NYC into a human place, where anarchic experiences can survive, flourish, and be enjoyed. and for the man with the apc pants, they are listed above as the pants with the tan boyscout belt. I was wearing them until my pant became available. they are great, I didn’t want to part with them. where did you get them and about how much? I think they made my butt look nice.
Well guys, that was an awesome excersize in the right to be pantless. The absurdaty of the police action was something interesting enough to write one’s poly-sci thesis about. The day was a lot of fun and I’m happy that everyone made it out unscathed. I just wish we could have finished the mission, perhaps next weekend? The pictures are awesome .
I was in Kula’s group, in the first two cars. When the first person took his pants off, I saw two women looking on in confusion, and that was about it– but as more people depantsed, there were a few more bewildered glances, and finally some laughter and "you don’t see this every day!"s before I finally switched cars at 23rd.
On the first car, it was hard to gauge the reaction because it was so crowded, but I just saw a few awkward glances, and that was about all. Then when the doors opened at 59th, I saw the pant-sellers get on the train and heard a very angry voice shouting "Step off the train! I’ve had a bad day already, just step off the train!" I thought at first it was an offended rider, but then saw that it was a cop. This didn’t stop us from buying our pants back, as the cops presumably moved around and dealt with other cars. After a few announcements that the car was being held momentarily, there was finally an announcement that the train had been taken out of service.
I hadn’t had room to put my pants back on on the train, and out on the platform, I was tempted to still leave them off. I figured, there’s nothing illegal happening here, so if the cops bug me, that’ll just be funny. But I relented and put my pants on just to avoid causing more trouble, since I wasn’t sure what was going on. One confused rider started talking to me, speculating that the pantsless riders were trying to "make a statement". I said I thought they’d all just forgotten their pants. Him: "All these people forgot on the same day?" Me: "Hey, it’s New York". Him: "If they really wanted to make a statement, they shoulda just gone butt naked."
The downtown train was when we broke out into "99 pairs of pants on the train". By the mid-80s, I knew we were going all the way.
All in all, I don’t really feel disappointed, because I still got to have a fun adventure. I just think it’s ironic that nobody seemed "disturbed" by the pantsless riders, but several people got very angry when the cops canceled the train and forced everybody to wait around for the next one. The only "disturbance" came from the police.
Forgot to mention– on the ride home, after we finished 99 Pairs Of Pants and started creating chants, a few people who weren’t with us joined in. One guy, who had just randomly gotten on the train, actually started several of his own no-pants chants for people to join in with. I love that man.
Before my turn to depants, two women ran out of our staging car to the target car to see what the depants persons were up to. When I got to the target car, I took a seat between two pants riders. The woman on my right could barely contain her giggling. There was a couple on my left, the male of which knew about Improv Everywhere and was explaining to his girlfriend about what would happen. Referring to my book of SuDoku puzzles, he said, "I don’t know about the SuDoku, that must be a new twist on the plan." It was unclear to me how he had become an expert on the habits of pantsless subway riders.
At the next stop the giggling woman got off and a woman with a baby sat down on my right. I began to make faces at the baby, wondering how the mom felt about a pantsless stranger cooing at her baby. Evidently, she didn’t seem to mind as she went right ahead and whipped out a boob to breastfeed that baby. I mean, you just never know what people are going to do on a public subway!
When the pants sellers boarded the train, there were so many people packed into the car that it was difficult to move around. I decided to wait until there was more room to buy a pair of pants, but while we were detained at 59th street, Agent Ace$Thug encouraged me to hurry up and find some pants as there were cops all over the train. I pushed my way through a group of women with shopping bags to the pants seller and found a pair of pants. Agent UPS Guy kindly held my purse while I tried on my new wares. As I was repantsing, we saw a bare legged agent outside the car with a cop. The agent was motioning to our car, perhaps explaining that there was a pants seller in the car that could provide him with some pants.
There was a lot of confusion on the platform after we detrained. Several strangers asked me what had happened, and I told them all, "The police seem to have detained some people. I don’t know why." One of the detainees whistled the Star Spangled Banner, which got a huge response from the crowd. Meanwhile, the police buzzed around trying to figure out how to break up the crowd. They urged everybody to squeeze on to the next train. Most people on the platform, agents and the public alike, seemed to prefer to stay and watch the show. When the detainees were escorted away, the crowed erupted into a chant of "No Pants Is Not a Crime!", then applauded as if they were injured football players walking off the field.
After the crowd reassembled on the downtown side of the track, several agents took the opportunity to find the person wearing their pants and switch. As I was reunited with both my pants and my dollar, I decided to walk home. As I headed for the exit, an MTA official and a cop jogged passed me headed for the group. The MTA official was saying, "They’re changing over there!" You have to hand it to the cops for their tireless efforts to keep the public safe from pantsless persons.
I had an absolute blast! That was, without a doubt, the most amount of fun I’ve ever had on the subway! Many many thanks to all who organized!!!
I just read about this mission. I thought it was soooo funny! Too bad we can’t do someting like this in Texas!(No subways)!
The bracelets were a bit much.
Agent dudes! You guys made the NEWS here in Chicago this morning! I was brushing my teeth with the TV on and as soon as I heard about a bunch of people being arrested on the subway in New York for having no pants on, I promptly squealed, dropped my toothbrush, stepped on my cat and ran to the TV to see pics of you all on the subway in your shorts! Actually, it looks as if they used an old improv pic but anyway, you’re national guys! Thought you’d like to know about it.
Wondrous wondrous wondrous! Never have I seen so many pantless people band together for such a wonderful afternoon. This was especially evident on the way back to where we started, as everyone started chanting more things about pants than I would’ve thought it was possible to come up with. We got all the way through "100 pairs of pants on the train" and more! As the doors opened at one stop, two people took one look at everyone without pants screaming "Ain’t no party like a no pants party ’cause a no pants party don’t stop!" and headed for the hills (or streets, as it were). All in all, a wonderful day and definitely the most eventful subway ride I’ve been on.
I was captain of the 3rd and 4th to last cars. The big problem: way too crowded. I think this is the reason that the police stuff happened. And I don’t mean it being 160 people. I mean, there wasn’t really any room to move if there was just eight people in each car. Consequently, it was hard for people to see people had their pants off. Also, it was really hard to de-pants in the staging cars. One of the guys in my group took off his pants in the back of the car and threw them down. Luckily, I saw it or else he was going to lose his pants for good. (the pants-seller being in the front of the car).
As I picked up the pants, people were talking saying, "What’s going on? He just took off his pants." I pretended I didn’t know. And then took off my pants. Old man: "Here we go again. Off with their pants!"
When we made it into the next car, it was 23rd St and very soon after Carl, came in selling pants for his high school basketball team. We were so jammed in, I bought pants right away. Luckily, my pants fit perfectly. A little kid about 5 or 6 was trying to point out to his dad that a girl next to me had no pants on. The dad was trying to ignore it. But the little kid kept pointing. I guess just like why is the sky blue, the dad didn’t have an easy answer to why is that lady not wearing any pants?
When the train stopped, we all got out and Agent Todd came by and said make sure everyone is wearing pants. At some point, there was a loud cheering. I couldn’t decide if it was because people got arrested or people didn’t get arrested. Then a new train came, and Agent Todd said get on the train to 125th. So we got on, but then at the last moment, he got on and said to get off. As captain, I felt I should wait till everyone else got off before I did. But we didn’t all get off in time. So we headed up one stop. And waited for the next train to see if someone would come up to tell us what to do. No one did, so we got on and went up to 125. And waited. And waited. No one came. So we figured double back down to Brooklyn Bridge. It’s like Vizinni says to do in the Princess Bride. What do you do if something goes wrong? Go back to the beginning.
Got there, and everyone cheered that our lost group found it’s way back to the flock. And found out Agent Barrison and others had gotten taken ‘downtown’ ("to Chinatown"). We were supposed to play in an open mic later that night so I got to leave a classic message for a bandmate of, "Hey, I’m not sure if we’re going to do the show tonight, Flynn got arrested*."
* didn’t get arrested but thought he did at the time…
Anyway, it turned from a frustrating start(jam packed in there) to a really exciting mission!
About a year ago, I was getting on the 6 train at Soundview. Upon getting on the train, I was greeted by some deranged man TAKING A CRAP ON THE SEAT. He even asked a lady for a napkin, but the only thing he cleaned was himself. Knowing what was going on, the MTA didnt stop the train till we got to 125th by then the dude already got off. The only thing left for them to do was clean it. Crap, being a toxin, I wasnt really feeling it that they laughed and waited so long to stop the train. None the less, it seems as though the sicko is doing what he does best because I saw him again at the same stop this time peeing on the platform. Its a huge diappointment to know that post 9/11, people are aloud to release toxins on the train and the response to it being so slow that the 1,200 pound potty terrorist continued to unload. I hope I never have to see anything like that again!! You guys….. I love what you guys do. I no longer live in NYC, so I really wish I saw you guys with your pants down instead of that dude. As it would have saved me from a lot of nightmares.
well, i thought it was an interesting (and absolutely harmless) social experiment.
disappointed, in a sense. it kind of became inadvertently political in tone only because of ny’s finest, which i didn’t expect. i am now an impassioned advocate of the rights of the pants-challenged. liberate your trousers, america.
fun day. sorry some of us got hosed by the fascict pigs. i was in car #5 with the agents that got grabbed (agents barrister and dave siegel, et al) don’t know why they didn’t grab me. i didn’t re-pants until we we had been on the platform for a few minutes… that’s a ticket i don’t need.
true to form, the cops overreacted at the drop of a hat. or in this case a pair of khaki’s.
anyway, would love to participate in more harmless absurdity in the future. put me on your lists everyone, or just say hi. firstname.lastname@example.org
aw, i hope there’s another set of pictures coming! i know there was a skinny man on the party singing car taking a lot of photos on the way home, i’d like to see them! excitement.
I was in car three(?) for the staging. I think I saw two girls get off the train and walk off into the day,s till pantsed and feeling a little cowardly. It was a lot of fun watching people’s reactions to these individuals taking their pants off and walking off the train. I stared in disgust along with the others until it was my turn. At that point, taking a cue from our fearless team leader, I along with the UPS guy de-pantsed. I calmly threw my pants on top of our sellers duffle bag and made my way to the car in front. Getting on in the middle I took the pole with a middle aged asian man. He kept looking around the car, a bit suspicious at all the pantsless people. I was wearing a long black coat so it took a while for him to realize that I too had forgotten something when I left my apartment that day. Before 59th our pants sellers boarded. I was in the middle of the car against one of the doors at that point and surrounded by audience members. They didn’t seem to notice I was part of this debacle. When the seller got close enough I asked her how much she was charging, grudgingly gave her a dollar to cover up my mistake and put on the tightest pair of jeans I’ve ever worn. I’m a tall guy and these jeans were four inches too short and had lovely rainbow cuffs… it was a nice touch. Then the train wouldn’t leave the station and the guy across from me was yanked off by an officer. I saw him later, pantsed and free. All in all it was great. I’m not a big fan off the police action but their official complaint was that it was disrupting regular service and given the number of agents and members of the press on hand at the time I think they might be right. Maybe next time multiple lines should be used. Regardless of the trouble incurred it was onoe of the more fun things I’ve done and i’d gladly take my pants off again for Agent Todd.
Also, if the pantsless eight get fined I’d be more than willing to coontribute to paying their tickets. email@example.com
I was out a little late on Saturday, and thus a little too lethargic to make the 3PM downtown call time for this year’s No Pants ride, which I thought was at 3:30 anyway. As a No Pants veteran, I thought I’d help the cause by meeting the group at the traditional 125 St. midpoint and get in a pantless ride on the way back downtown. So I hopped on the express at 14th, made it to 125th with what should have been plenty of time to catch the group, and sat on a bench at the end of the downtown platform opposite a rotating group of Chinese media entrepreneurs who cycled on and off the 4 train, selling copies of Underworld on VCD. After about 30 minutes, I got a little concerned that maybe I had missed the Improv Everywhere crew, and tried to ask the merchants if they had seen a group of 150 or so young hipsters in various states of easily removable dress. This question was met with vaguely disgusted stares and absolutely no english, so I turned around and went back to enjoy my “A Quiet Evening With [Agent] Purnell” playlist, the cold breeze of the passing trains, and my profound hangover. After about 30 minutes, I gave up and went to Virgin Megastore. I guess this was probably right around the time that Flynn was getting arrested.
heyy I was one of the confused younger girls on this psychadeic TRIPPP, wearing the courd jacket n "sinful" shirt. my hair was kinda pink. um, DUDE THIS DAY FCUKING ROCKEDDDD… at first, i was quite nervous to shed my pants, especially because i wore ugly underwear and havent shaved in a month n was dragged along by some friends, but the stares from people were crazzyy n totally worth it. it wasn’t even chilly!!
the best thing was when the first guy in my car took off his pants, exposing his green boxers, and the fat guy next to him stared like, WTF??? and panically glanced around to see if anyone noticed (but of course we prtented nothing was wrong since we eventually ALL shed our pants), and to his dismay he was ALONE… the poor bastard musta thought he was crazyyy…
soo many peopile asked me what we were doing it for. some of my responses included, "it’s too hot in new york", "it’s a project for the fashion institute of technology. pantslessness is the new fashion", and "WERE ALL ON DRUUUGGSSS!!!"… some guy who wasn’t involved even let me climb up onto his back, pantsless, to get a better view and try to free our heros. another guy bent over and made me touch his ass (he was hot, itw as okay) in order to "check" if anyone "left their initials" on their pants.
my (real) friend was the one handing out hte lolipops. we almost missed the whole thing, getting at folley square at exactly 330… allt he way from nj!! REPRESENT
THE BEST KINDA PARTY IS A PANTSLESS PARTY
some characters to remember:
the guy w/ the tummy n shaggy black hair who kinda looked like jack black
the businessman reading the russian book who couldn’t find his pants, even after 1 1/2 hrs :(
the goth girl w/ the long black coat who totally kciked ass cause all goths are DEAD
the weird boy w/ the sort of long sort of shaved haircut.
all of u were in the 99 pants take one down car on the way back.
TO THE SCULPTURE!!!
This was spectacular, despite the fact that it was cut short. I never thought that disrobing on a train car could be so exhilirating. I have a feeling that from now on, I’m going to have the urge to do so on every train ride I take.
I can’t wait until next year.
It appears that the Sydney Morning Herald picked up the AP story, too.
Unfortunately, I had to work and was unable to make it. Looks like you all created quite a stir. Well done.
MISSING: one pair of jeans, H&M, dark blue size 10?
FOUND: one pair of jeans, dirty jeans brand, light blue, size 28
hit me up! firstname.lastname@example.org
If there is anything offensive and disruptive in this story, it must be the behavior of the police.
I’ve only seen photos of people in boxer shorts, so am not sure how they could arrest or even detain anyone for this. It was all in good fun. People wear similar and less at the gym, beach, etc. Living in South Florida I once questioned how men could walk around in speedos and women in bikinis – off the beach/pool to get food, go to stores, etc – and was told the law dictates measurements of what’s allowed in public. And it’s a whole lot less than those people in NYC. Keep it up guys. LOL
I love it! Harmless good fun to make the mundane commute merrier! Too bad the NYPD seems to have lost its sense of humor? Hopefully the judge still has hers :)
To the man who emailed me asking me to sell him my undies that are in that picture… the answer is no. But thanks for asking.
you guys are dope, what a sweet thing to do
I found out about IE in Seattle right before I moved to New York.. I have to say, it was one of the main reasons I came here..Finally, letting life be funny (OUT LOUD) which it completely is. Which one of those cops did not laugh to see Steve Martin in his robe and underwear shuffling around with a chair in "The Jerk"? Were they offended by that? No because that is comedy AND SO IS THIS as Mr. Martin said, "Comedy is not pretty" Mission accomplished…
I was on the car the police busted..
What I remember is hearing a tough-guys voice saying "MOVE IN MOVE IN I’VE ALREADY HAD A BAD DAY! MOVE IN WHAT ARE YA DOIN’ HERE? A MOVIE? WHAT IS THIS I SEE CAMERAS IS THIS SOME KIND OF MOVIE ON THE SUBWAY" Then he left and then for a while there was nothing. The pants sellers came on, the train was still stopped and people were getting clothed.. Then the tough guy came back and I saw that he was a cop.. He came back with more cops and at this point, "Mr. Tidy Whitey" had put a pair of pants on yet the cops still made him get off the train.. "Why?" he said "BECAUSE YOU ARENT WEARING ANY PANTS!" "But I am now!" "YOU’RE STILL COMING WITH US!" Poor guy, he only got caught because he was in the front of the train.. I really wish we would have all gone off with him and had the cops detain all 160 of us but they made it hard to cause anymore of a scene.. So that was it..Part of me feels lucky to have been in the middle of the train and part of me feels guilty..I’m sorry Mr. Tidy Whitey and all others who got detained, but what a story for the kids..
The highlight was infact being on the "Party Train" It was like a campfire yet in a subway in my undies..I felt proud to have been a part of this mission and I look forward to many more..
P.S."NO PANTS TILL BROOKLYN!!!!!"
My wordy blog entry –
My morning commute on the subway seemed so different today, in the afterglow of NoPants2K6.
Not much to say that hasn’t been said, wunderbar time though!! I was Apprehensive at first just b/c has a young girl riding the subway fully clothed is often an experience so riding in my underwear was completely counterintuitive. I was in the first car, the one where the police first came. He ordered us to "Get out!" and "Tell me what’s going on!" but luckily the pants sellers quickley began throwing pants to people and the only person that the police actually forced out was the tall man in the tighy whities. Agent Kelley?? By the way you earned my upmost respect for wearing those!! Besides the cops there were some guys behind us taking pictures of our backsides with their camera phones. Alas what were we expecting? The singing car on the train back to brooklyn bridge was, i think, the best part of the mission. People who just met eachother can curiously ban together quite well when their all in their underpants!
Ain’t no party like a no pants party cuz a no pants party won’t stop!!
by the way, those lollypops were DELCIOUS!!!!
Thank you to whoever brought those!!
Agent Todd will be on MSNBC tonight as the main 8:00pm story – his interview will be on around 8:50pm.
Waytogo, man…We heard about this all the way here in Texas! Hope somebody got a smile out of it!
Who’da thought it’d take so little effort to get into somebody’s pants??
I was in car three/four, and everything went pretty smoothly. My only wish was that our fellow riders had been a little more curious. Not one person asked me what was up. This guy with a skateboard kept giving me bemused glances, forcing me to dive behind my magazine to hide my uncontrolable grin, but that was it.
When the pants sellers came on, I dug through the bag, searching for my pants. No luck. "Can’t be picky," the pants seller told me, so I grabbed a nice pair of men’s jeans with a red belt. They were a tad short but otherwise a surprisingly good fit.
After evacuating the train, I spent most of my time searching for my pants. I found them on Agent Krasdale. (He carried off the rainbow cuffs well, I think.) Then the guy whose pants I was wearing found me, and we trailed around in a little chain trying not to lose one another. Finally, everyone made their way over to the downtown platform, and our group orchestrated a pants switch with more people joining as they recognized their pants being passed around.
That was actually one of my favorite parts of the event…all the people wandering around asking, "Have you seen a pair of khaki cargos?" "Is anyone wearing baggy grey cordoroys?"
But the real highlight was the ride back to the Brooklyn Bridge. I was on the party car, and let me tell you–THERE AIN’T NO PARTY LIKE A NO PANTS PARTY!
Oh, and my favorite quote of the day: "I know you guys all have to do your fucking ART, but some of us just want to get off the damn train!" (Said by a woman who was apparently unhappy with the pushing and shoving that occured during the ‘this train is being taken out of service’ situation.)
Anyway, like most people here, this was my first mission, and it was more amazing than I’d ever dreamed. (I suppose that’s easy for me to say since I wasn’t among the agents who were harrassed by the fuzz…they have my utmost respect, especially the guy whistling the Star Spangled Banner.)
Hope to see you all next year, and remember, NO PANTS IS NOT A CRIME!
Agent Todd on MSNBC –
I was in car 1/2 that the cop came to first. I heard him say something along the lines of "Get off the train. I’ve already had a bad day." I thought he was just another rider who happened to be in a bad mood but from reading these comments I guess he was the cop.
There seemed to be way too many cameras and a lot of them had them openly visible long before 33rd. The Japanese TV man was filming in full view the entire time I was in car 1. (I went at 23rd.) Also, the pantless outnumbered the panted. I think that next year it would be good to divide everyone into more than 1 train.
We were fortunate that the cop left for a few minutes and we had the chance to get some pants. I don’t know how I would have explained being arrested in New York to my family!
Anyway, the ride back to the bride was possibly even better than the original mission. It was very fun and I even got some non-participants to take their pants off! (I was the girl in the black shirt who kept gesturing to the people who were getting on to drop their pants.) The lollipops were awesome.
Once we got off at the bridge some people still kept thier pants around thier ankles. I tried it for a little while but it was too cold outside.
After about an hour of being near the park we all congregated at that evening, Mark, Pete, Justin, and I all went to an awesome Indian food place. They had really good potatos.
I’m on aim as eiipi and my email is email@example.com
no pairs of pants on the train…
I was on Flynn’s cars. I depants second and walked into a pretty empty car with my green boxers. For me the trip was pretty uneventful. I was wearing my headphones but wasn’t listening, but it still made it a little hard for me to hear anything and I was reading my newspaper pretty intently as well. So I can’t reamember when I thought something was wrong at 59th.
At first I wasn’t going to buy any pants, but then I did. And then I wasn’t going to wear them, but then I reasoned that I should wear the pants since I bought them. So I put on a pair of tattered cargo pants.
So after the cops pull everyone off the train I thought I should have taken my pants off in a moment of solidarity, but I didn’t.
Then I made comments about how I didn’t know it was illegal to go without pants on the subway to try and spark up some conversations. And I was close to the agent who started yelling protests.
I was one of the few not on the party car.
Next year we need decoys.
From news@2ch in Japan.
When you make next plan, notify us.
We will cheer and join!
i was in the last mp3 experiment… THAT was fun… but omg, this topped it.
I heard the news about this on a Houston, Texas radio station this morning.
I think I sounded a little depressed in my previous post. I did have a great time. Even with the cops busting us up. Which in a way made it more memorable. Prior to 59th, even though I said things were pretty uneventful, I knew I was contributing to the greater good and that’s what I really enjoyed. A cog in the wheel.
Just felt like I needed to clarify that.
I had an amazing time, it may have been a little hectic on those trains but the differing reactions from different people was a sight to see. From the “ohh my god that’s terrible” to our favorites “this is amazing!”
Aside from perhaps a little to many people taking pictures and video (myself included seeing as I was a photog) I think this was a glorious success and I can’t wait to do it again.
As soon as I can I will put up my favorite edited shots on flickr.com and hopefully everything else on my website. I took over 200 pictures, mostly from the train ride back up, which was arguably one of the pest parts of my night at least!
yeah yeah chigirev do that! we’re excited for them. yay
breaking: rumor has it letterman is doing a "Would you like to take a pantsless cab ride?" tonight on the show, a take off of No Pants.
yes letterman, i would like to take a pantsless cab ride.
so my mom called and asked what i did over the weekend. i told that i participated in the no pants subway ride 2k6–an event where a large group of people took off their pants en masse on the subway, some of which got arrested.
she did not take it well.
lets just say it ended with her hanging up on me and tearfully screaming to my little brother that i am "going down the wrong path."
another memorable quote from her lips (as heard by my brother)
"We’re using your father’s entire sallary to send to her to NYU, and she’s running around naked in the subways????"
anyway, if any of yall wanted to keep touch,
my email is firstname.lastname@example.org, aim is freecroissants, and blog (where i posted a large account of the adventure) is http://freecroissants.livejournal.com/
no pants till brokyln. bridge.
i have posted some of my favorite pictures that i shot onto this site:
it primitive i know, but soon i will get somthing a little better up, but this is for all you people dieing to see some of em’
they are there for everyone to see, i hope to make a real page, and get more up soon.
those are with a few quick edits/crops done to them.
please e-mail me with whatever you have to say about them or anytime in general
hope everyone had as good a time as i did!
Here’s the Late Show thing:
Here’s my story, as well I can remember:
I met Charlie Todd Friday at Comedy Central, where I work as an intern. We talked about Improv Everywhere, and I decided to tag along this weekend for No Pants ‘06. So I went to Foley Square by myself at about 2:30, and was assigned to the last train car with Agents Kinney, Todd, Becket, and Lathan, as well as about 20 other fairly new agents like myself.
As I got onto the platform, I ran into a girl I went to college with whom I haven’t seen in about two years. I’ve never seen anyone I know on the subway before, so the fact that I ran into a random friend at this of all times gave me a good chuckle. We shared hellos, but I quickly said, “I’m sorry, I really need to get on this train,” and took off before we could chat, so I could de-pants with the group.
Agent Todd went first, followed by a few others. When I boarded sans-trousers, I stood next to an African-American woman with her 4 year old daughter. The daughter kept asking why none of the people on the train had pants on, and the poor mother had no idea what to tell her.
After we were sold our pants back by agents Lathan and Becket, the train stopped, and no one really knew what was going on. Hearing some rumors through the crowd of agents about “cops,” a bunch of us, including agents Becket and Lathan, boarded the next 6 train, planning to rendezvous at 125th. As we took off, we looked out of the train to see a large number of police officers and a crowd of fellow agents, including agents Kinney and Todd, who had been in our car. One of us remarked that if the police knew about the event beforehand and assembled a group to sabotage it, they were really being ridiculous. But if they all managed to show up that quickly without any preplanning, I say kudos to the NYPD.
When no one else arrived at 125th, we went back to Foley Square. What was probably my favorite moment of the night occurred on the ride back downtown: I looked over to see Agent Lathan (whom I had followed as closely as I could to avoid getting lost, since he was tall and easy to see) looking at an advertisement and smiling. Glancing up, I saw an ad for the Bahamas with a woman’s bare legs dipping into the surf of a beautiful beach. The slogan? “Just say no to pants.”
When we got back, we regrouped with the others, who gave us a bit of a cheer. They’d apparently been as worried for us as we were for them. They filled us in on what we’d missed (the police and the reporters and the 8 arrests and whatnot) and we had some great jokes at the expense of the MTA:
“Someone saw something, someone said something.”
“All I know is there were a lot of unattended packages.”
we’re in german. heh.
Jacob, to be precise, it’s a Dutch website:)
And they still think it’s a flashmob. Boo to them.
Having been a lead-off man on last year’s ride, I kept the pants on for this year’s run. I was the pants seller in the fourth car from the back.
The car became crowded very quickly, by the first stop, but I’d staked out some ground, and as pants flew my way, people gave me a bit more space.
Two woman who were seated to my left said “Can we ask what’s going on?” I told them that I own a vintage clothing store, and I find you can get some good deals on the subway, and I just re-sell these in my shop. A woman holding the pole turned around and said “I know about this, I read about it in Time Out NY.” I told her I had no idea what she was talking about, and the woman asked her what the story was, to which she said “people are riding the subway all over town today without pants.” A little grandiose, but still. Again, I said I was just doing some scout work for the store. An older woman by the door said “I might take my pants off,” and I told her that today would be the day to do it. Her husband joined in saying he’d take his pants off, but he’s not wearing any underwear. In the future, he shouldn’t let that get in the way of things.
When all of the pant-less agents were in the fourth car, I went through the doors. This is illegal now, but I figured, hey, why not, you only live once….
The car was packed, and there were a slew of depantsed agents at the first set of doors. I started my story: “I’m sorry for the interruption ladies and gentlemen, my name is Carl and I’m a high school senior selling pants to raise money for my high school basketball team. In addition to helping me buy a new uniform, selling pants on the train keeps me off the streets and out of trouble.”
Business was gangbusters immediately. When I moved past the first set of doors, it was a little less crowded, and the agents were spaced farther apart. I repeated my story, declined a donation – “I don’t want a pair of pants, but I’d like to donate $1 toward your uniform” – and fielded a few questions about where I went to school and how the team’s doing this season. Not every agent bought a pair of pants.
After 50th St, I moved to the next car forward. And at 59th St., the doors didn’t close. Then came the “Ladies and gentlemen, we apologize for the unavoidable delay,” announcement and with that, I saw uniformed officers peering into the car as they walked by. I was just about to move back to the car containing still pant-less agents when they took the train out of service. Now on the platform, I rounded up the few unclothed holdouts and made sure they had a pair of pants – any pants – as no one was sure what was happening. By this time, there were a lot of camera flashes and chanting coming from the front end of the platform.
After that was settled – I wasn’t near or a part of it, so there’s nothing for me to say about it – we headed back downtown. There were only a few of us in a car, with the bulk of agents in the “party car” behind us. Each time the door opened, we’d hear a new chant. One standout, “No pants to Brooklyn!” and at one point, I guess people were jumping up and down because the entire car was bouncing – a great site to behold.
I was part of the motley crew who made their way cluelessly up to 125th Street (nothing like being in Harlem without pants!), so I don’t have a lot of good stories, but the one I have is pretty amazing.
I was initially sitting down on the third car back, across from an older woman (maybe 55 or 60). I was one of the last to de-pants, so we got to watch the madness unfold together. She freaked out, and said to me, "OH MY GOD! All those people just dropped their pants and got off the subway…WITH A STRAIGHT FACE!" I shook my head and we sat in mutual disgust.
Then, of course, I stood up and dropped my jeans. She screamed, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!?" I shrugged. "It looked like a good idea," I said. Then I threw my pants to the front and walked off the train. She sat in total stunned silence.
Her daughter, sitting beside her, was silently shaking with laughter the entire time.
One pair of medium shade blue jeans, express brand, size 33
double belt loops.
I miss my pants!
No Pants 2006 report
I was one of the people in the tail end of the train who went all the way up to 125th St.
I arrived at Foley Square right at 3 and, after milling about, meeting some fellow agents, and talking with a woman from the New York Times, things got started. Agent Todd made some announcements reviewing what to do and how to behave during the mission, which caused at least one person who happened to be walking by to laugh out loud. Then we started organizing ourselves into five groups. The group I was in turned out to be assigned to the last car, which I was relieved to hear because I figured it would be less packed than some of the ones in the middle. I was in the set of people that were going to take our pants off right after leaving Astor Place, and then get into the target car at Union Square.
In the staging car, as things started to happen, I noticed a woman with a baby girl who seemed very amused by the site of the agents depantsing. I lost track of her when it was my turn to move, but as we pulled away from Union Square station, I realized that the woman had followed us to the target car. She watched with amusement as more and more pantless people boarded and eventually asked “Excuse me, are y’all going streaking?” One agent answered that, no, she had just forgotten her pants. The woman continued to exclaim “wow” and “I just don’t get it” and speculated with the people sitting across from her about what was going on.
The pants sellers for our car entered the car at about 42nd or 51st. I showed an interest in them, but wasn’t in a rush to buy pants, since I was all the way at the front of the car. We still had a good part of our journey to go, so I figured I would just wait for them to get to me. Since we had one male pants seller and one female pants seller, they had wisely decided to separate the pants as we took them off. So, Rob was announcing “men’s pants for sale!” and Agent Becket was selling women’s pants, making it easier for them to get the pants to the right person. When Agent Becket came by with the women’s pants, some non-agent people expressed an interest in buying them, but she evaded them.
At 59th street, I had just bought my pants, and the train was stopped at the station for a really long time, with no explanation. This seemed weird, since usually some kind of announcement is made if there’s a service change. Agent Todd (still pantsless) started innocently asking people if they knew what was going on. Someone came down the platform from the direction of the front of the train, and I don’t actually know if he was with the mission or not, but Agent Todd started asking him what was going on, if there were police up there, etc. If he was with the mission, they both kept in character really well. Then it got really interesting.
Eventually there was a difficult to hear announcement about “police activity.” Agent Todd asked me what the announcement had been (it was really difficult to hear), and then there was a second broken message saying that the train was going out of service and everyone had to get out. We walked out onto the platform, and most of the rest of the agents got their pants back on. Agent Todd went up to the front of the station to see what was going on, as did our car leader, and random other people from the car.
Still, most of us from the last car were unaware of what was going on, or even if it had anything to do with the mission or not, so when the next train came, the majority of the agents from our car got on it and continued up to the destination. We didn’t realized until we got to 125th St. that we were pretty much the only ones. A few more agents were on the next train after that, but we still didn’t know what was going on. We decided to wait another train or two, and someone went outside to try to call Agent Todd, but by then we pretty much figured they weren’t coming.
We passed the time by comparing stories of what people had seen as the train left 59th St, speculating about what had happened, and discussing whether or not we should make the downtown trek pantsless, even without the rest of the agents. Meanwhile, a group of young boys was entertaining themselves by sliding down the handrails in the middle of the stairs, sometimes headfirst. This got everyone’s attention, and soon some of the agents were joining in.
Eventually someone announced “they’re not coming!” and we went downstairs to the downtown track and caught an express train back to Brooklyn Bridge. Two of the more devoted agents in our midst waited a few stops and then took off their pants anyway, only putting them back on when we got to Brooklyn Bridge. When we got out of the station, a group of agents were standing there and they cheered for our return. People without pants or with the wrong pants gathered to try to get that sorted out, and then Agent Todd filled everyone in on what had happened, including all the police and media activity that we had missed by hopping on the next train. And the story isn’t finished yet!
You guys made NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! today. Rock on. No Pants is Good Pants.
as of this posting we have 96 pantsless comments posted. nice. given that everyone has written the story of the craziness and the pantslessness, i want to give a quick story about before the cops came…
i was running late on my way to no pants 2k6 but as i got off the train ( unsure of which way to go) i saw three guys running as if they had somewhere to be. i had a pretty good idea where that somewhere was. i considered it good practice to try out my covert skills, so i followed them all the way to the big black sculpture fountain. even as they (ironically??) stopped to ask a cop for directions.
all in all it was such a great time. i would do it again in a heart beat. thanks to ace thug et all. and cheers to you charlie. my favorite part of the evening was "pants are not a crime". congratulations
Thanks for the link. Traffic is booming.
So everybody — accused and spectators — is going to court in their underwear, right?
So glad that others have seen the Bahamas "just say not to pants" ad in the subways as well. It would have been great had that ad been up on the 6 train.
One of the best parts of the Idiotarod shopping cart race this past weekend were the people with clipboards trying to delay the teams of runners by asking them to sign petitions to "Free the No-Pants 8."
Good work, everyone – I’ll take my pants off with you again anytime!
I was there, my pictures on your posting, I had a blast, and I can’t wait for the next one! you rock chris, kula and all the others- you made my day!
Nice one guys. I’ve been following your site awhile and knew of the stunt beforehand. Therefore, I was thrilled to see you made the national press here in Japan. Oustanding!
well i posted all the pictures i took, split up in different .zip files on:
or aim: Ilya687
with anything, even a hello
So, the court date was yesterday – anyone know what happened?
are you aware there is actually an official no pants day? it is celebrated the first friday of may.
Wow. It seems that the police department really scrapes the bottom of the barrel when they do their hiring. It’s the same all over, the ones who lack the skills to make a really good cop are the ones who are most interested in having that sort of power. Sad.
"Later a kinda rocker couple got on and saw kids with no pants on and the dude said, "Oh hey, it’s no pants day! I forgot it was today. But I’m ready." And immediately dropped his pants. And it seemed like he was ready – since he was wearing bright red and blue underoos kinda underwear. Maybe that dude wears that kinda undergarments all the time, or maybe he truly came "Ready." After about 7 minutes or so, he pulled his pants back up and they got off the train, but they were definitely psyched."
this part made me laugh too hard. everything else about these missions… well, a lot of it saddens me, how much trouble people get from authorities and from other folks for doing stuff that’s not so unreasonable. and to all the folks who worry, saying things along the lines of "don’t you have something better to do with your time than not wearing pants," well, don’t you have something better to do with your time and money than getting upset and sending them to jail?
Let me know about no pants 2007!
I love reading the no pants missions. This one too even though one cop decided to spoil things. I assume things will be a go for 2007?
Does Improv Everywhere have a Bay Area, California branch? I think this was the best thing I’ve ever read about, and would love to take part.
That was beautiful. You bring tears of joy to my eyes. Nothing like a bit of surrealism to perk up someones life! More power to you!
I just wanted to say… I Stumbled upon your site on one of my really crummy days, I saw "No pants 2007" and i just had to click it and find out what this was about. I read almost all of the nopants days and i have to say my day has vastly improved. I’ve been cracking up at this stuff for about two distracted hours of reading. I also wanted to send Agent McCarson some sympathy and support XD You Go Girl and I love your positive attiude on the whole thing! I Wish y’all’d start different divisions in other states… *cough*Georgia*cough*
Keep up the spontanious amusements and laughter! Kudos to EVERYONE of y’all!
as a matter of fact , I was shocked from the pictures I saw because there is no such thing in my country. There a say, which says " your freedom will be finished when the freedom of the others start". the streets must be for all the people and not a place for just one person who wants to practice his private things, If I were in the place of the government of this country I will put all those who do such thing in the jail for no less than one year. I am not retarded, underdeveloped person, I have a master degree in the Fine Arts, but what I want to say we have to respect the feelings of the others in the general places.
It’s March 30th! How was your summons?
I’ll admit it: if there had been Improv Everywhere back when I was a New Yorker, I wouldn’t have moved to Chicago.
On the other hand, I would have missed creation of its kindred organizations, the Natty Bumppo Society and the James Hogg Society, the latter of which held the Illinois Sheep Walk. The Natty Bumppo Society is remembered for University of Chicago Activities Night, at which our activity consisted of showing films of people visiting our unmanned table the year before.
Keep up the good work!
i was wrong before. THIS just made my day!
Um… This is fantastic.
I’m sad I just moved to Santa Fe (from NH)- even though New Hampshire is a bit far from New York for me to go there regularly, I would have made it for this event.
If you’re doing anything between December 17th 2007 and January 16th 2008, email me PLEASE. I’ll be home for Winter break, and I’d love to be a part of one of these missions.
*A suggestion for future No Pants days: Write up a bio/ fake bio/ riddle/ meeting place to exchange or get pants back on an index card, napkin, summons, grocery list, ticket, or other small piece of paper, and stick it in one of your pockets. Imagine the fun that could be had in the returning of the pants- not like it wasn’t fun in any of the other circumstances- but you could even make the end pants exchange an Improv Everywhere event. Sort-of. Somehow. I’m sure you could come up with much better ideas than these.
Good luck with future missions!
So, is this the last thing they’ve done?
You guys! You are amazingly imaginative — and also very brave. Remember what happened to Star Simpson at Logan Airport? They told her she was lucky not to have been shot dead! And she wasn’t even trying to be noticed.
Seriously, I love what you’re doing, although I would be really really scared to participate. Keep it up; art for the sake of art.
It’s stuff like this that makes life worth living. Keep it up guys & gals!
I don’t like that last news report clip you have posted. The joke might have been on you guys for a short time when the summons were issued but it was ultimately on the NYPD when the courts indirectly said “Look at all this time you wasted processing these amusing and peaceful people.” Of course the mass public will never see that part of it, they will just think that you were disruptive and justice was served. Either way, keep doing your thing, it is the kind of thing that used to keep me amused in Boston.
I love you guys! I would love to come to New York and participate in the next one! What a bunch of idiots, those cops. I would love to get them all out of their pants.
This just goes to show how stupid some cops are. You broke no laws yet we’re arreted. What a waste of taxpayer money.
now how does that make sense?
no laws broken + all in good fun = trial in court?
Funny pictures. The authorities must have been freaking out.