No Pants Subway Ride 2012 Details for New York

UPDATE – The New York Ride was a success– read about it and leave your reports here: No Pants Subway Ride 2012 New York Reports.

All are invited to participate in the 11th Annual No Pants Subway Ride. The event will take place at 3:00 PM on Sunday, January 8. Everything you need to know is in this post. Please read it carefully! (Click here for information for participating in other cities.)


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


When: Sunday, January 8 at 3:00 PM, Sharp! (Over around 5 PM)
Where: Six meeting points spread out all over New York City. Details below.
Bring: A backpack/bag and a metro card.
Wear: Normal winter clothes (hat, gloves, etc)
Facebook: You can RSVP to the Facebook Event
Afterparty: No Pants Country Club from 4:30pm-11pm! – Facebook Event.

Complete logistics:


There are six meeting points this year. Take your pick. The Manhattan meeting points tend to be very crowded, so if you live in Brooklyn or Queens, definitely go to one of those! You’ll probably have more fun!

Astoria: Meet at Hoyt Playground – Google Map
Brooklyn: Meet by the Old Stone House – Google Map
Downtown Manhattan: Meet at Foley Square – Google Map
Queens: Meet at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Park – Google Map
Uptown Manhattan: Meet at the Great Hill in Central Park – Google Map
Williamsburg / Bushwick: Meet at Maria Hernandez Park – Google Map

Everyone should meet at their chosen meeting point at 3 PM. Please be on time. Feel free to be early.

At the meeting points, participants will be organized into groups and assigned a specific train car. Once everyone is divided up we will all head to nearby subway station[s]. Do not talk to others once you enter the subway system. No one knows each other.

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

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

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

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

All train routes will converge on Union Square. Your exact route will be explained at the meeting point, and may involve a transfer.

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

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

Please leave your cameras at home and resist the temptation to snap photos with your iPhone, etc. while the event is happening. Take as many as you like before and after the event, but during the ride we really want people to enjoy the experience of participating rather than documenting. It detracts from the mission if everyone is taking photos of each other rather than keeping a straight face. Don’t worry, we have photographers assigned to every meeting point who will take great photos.

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

This year, for the first time, we are having an official afterparty.

Winkel & Balktick and Improv Everywhere Present…

The Official No Pants Subway Ride 2012 Afterparty

Sunday January 8 2012, 4:30pm-11pm
At The Greenwich Village Country Club, 110 University Place btwn 12th & 13th, top floor
$10 cover, $5 drink specials, full food menu
Pantsless dress code, pants check available, 21+ w/ ID
RSVP on Facebook

Featuring great DJs, no-pants-themed ridiculousness, and pantless minigolf!

If you are a twitter user, tag your posts with #NPSR and @improvevery so everyone can follow along.

New for this year there is an official t-shirt. Order yours today for a pre-sale deal.

See you on the 8th!

Be aware that by participating, you recognize that Improv Everywhere is not liable in the event you are injured, arrested, or worse. By choosing to participate you are still responsible for your actions.

No Pants Subway Ride 2011
2011 No Pants Subway Ride photo by Katie Sokoler


    • Unfortunately, no. The party venue is 21+. I’m sure there will be plenty of under 21 folks in Union Square looking to hang out elsewhere though.

    • right at the top of the article is a link to info on the other cities. Quite a few around the world are joining in, it looks to be the biggest mission yet

  1. I have to be at work at 4:00pm (Lincoln Center Area) and can’t be late

    do you think i’ll still be able to participate, or will i be cutting it a little too close?

    (p.s. you guys have a habit of scheduling your missions on days i cant make, not your fault i know, it’s just frustrating for me)

    • Well, you’ll be on the subway, so just chose a meeting point that is near your work (Central Park?) and get off at the stop you need to get off at.

  2. I had a lot of fun last year. Is there a way i can increase my chances of getting into the “Official video” which will be posted on YouTube? Going with a specific group, or wearing something more noticeable than others? Thanks.

  3. I can’t wait, infact I was ready the day after last year, my first year doing it. I already asked off from work and got my boxers.

    Well I had a couple of questions about the afterparty.

    1. Do I just show up, because it says to RSVP at facebook, and I’m old fashioned and don’t use facebook or twitter, or anything else like that.

    2. I would love to maybe try the mini golf, but I’m coming by myself, and it says to have a team. So can I just maybe try to see if I could join a team when I get there, or what?

    Well I guess I’ll have to remember to take my wallet out of my pants, so I have my id and money, haha.

    Hopefully the weather’s alright, because I just heard where I live, it might shower or even a period of rain, hopefully not, because like I said I’ve been waiting a whole year.

    • You can just show up. The party is first come first serve. If *everyone* shows up, it might sell out. And in terms of the mini golf, I’m sure you can just show up and join the fun.

    • Just show up. The point is to make friends there–after the acting portion is over–as they try to split up groups typically by birthday/cell# to keep it random so you might find some teammates at the meeting spot. And inclement weather is makes it more hilarious–I’ve done it in the snow twice.

  4. *sigh* Oh the joys of being under aged, next year however, there is NO stopping me from doing it! However, please count me in for any other event Improv! :)
    Also, have an amazing time de-pants-ing, fellow pranksters!

    • While the after party is 21+, there is no age limit to participate in No Pants. Every year there are babies and toddlers participating. We just ask that you have your parents permission if you are a minor.