Attention, folks! The 2014 NYC No Pants Subway ride is happening next Sunday (1/12). The title says it all: a bunch of people will discard their slacks and hop a ride aboard our lovely metro. Why? Because they can.
Participants must congregate at 3 p.m. sharp at various designated meet-up points throughout the city. Improv Everywhere, the pranks-collective that is organizing the event, is emphatic that everyone be on time. They may not wear pants, but you can’t accuse them of being tardy, people.
So who are these chinos-shucking jokesters? Improv Everywhere describes itself as a group that, “causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places.” The No Pants Subway Ride could be either chaos and/or joy, depending upon who doffs their slacks. (Nudity is not for everyone, people. Please be clear on that.)
The group names a mere two requirements for participation:
1) Willing to take pants off on subway. (This is evident. And clearly non-negotiable.)
2) Able to keep a straight face about it. (This is to be admired.)
Denim-ditchers are to meet at seven meeting points across New York City. They’re given instructions on which subway line they should shed their trousers and on which station to cut off their ride. It seems to be crazy organized, so non-participants will almost be sure to witness the fun if they ride the rails Sunday afternoon.
And all this stripping is not for naught. There will be an after-party beginning at 4:30 for those 21 and above at The Greenwich Village Country Club, on University between 12th and 13th. There’s a $10 cover, but there are drink specials for the pantless (as well there should be).
FYI New Yorkers aren’t the only people crazy enough to unzip and ride. About 50 cities all over the world (Adelaide, Australia, anyone?) will also join in on the fun.
So if you enjoy taking of your pants in public, or simply love watching others do so, be sure to ride the subway next Sunday. Here’s a video of last year’s event: