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Update: this page is for 2018. For the 2019 event happening on January 13, see here.
All are invited to participate in the 17th Annual No Pants Subway Ride. The event will take place at 3:00 PM on Sunday, January 7. Everything you need to know is in this post. (Click here for information for participating in other cities.)
REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION:
1) Willing to take pants off on subway
2) Able to keep a straight face about it
When: Sunday, January 7 at 3:00 PM, Sharp! (Over around 5 PM)
Where: Seven 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 (Optional but appreciated)
Twitter: Use #NoPantsSubwayRide and mention @ImprovEvery
Afterparty: We’re throwing an afterparty at Bar 13 (35 East 13th)! Details below.
HOW IT WORKS
There are seven meeting points this year. Take your pick. The Manhattan meeting points tend to be crowded, so if you live in Brooklyn or Queens, definitely go to one of those! You’ll probably have more fun! If you are a member of the media, please see our press information page.
Astoria: Meet at Hoyt Playground – Google Map
Brooklyn: Meet by the Old Stone House – Google Map
Downtown Manhattan: Meet at Foley Square – Google Map
Midtown Manhattan: Meet at Hudson Yards Park on 34th Street – 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. 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.
Remember: Taking photos is not keeping a straight face. Enjoy the experience and resist the urge to document. Take those Instagram shots when the ride is over.
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.
This is always a blast, and we look forward to seeing you there.
If you are interested in future events like this, please join our email list!
This year, once again, we are throwing an afterparty.
The Official No Pants Subway Ride 2018 Afterparty
After riding with 5,000 of your closest pantless friends, meet up in Union Square and head over to Bar 13 (35 East 13th) for the 7th annual No Pants Subway Ride After Party!
Shake your pantied booty to NYC’s awesomeist DJS.
– $15 at the door. Reasonably priced drink specials will be offered.
– No-pants dress code, pants check available, 21+ w/ ID
Underpants-shaking beats from DJs…
Pantless Dance Performances..
The Flying Pants Brigade
And many more!
RSVP via Facebook and invite friends!
See you on the 7th!
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.
2011 No Pants Subway Ride photo by Katie Sokoler