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No Pants Subway Ride 2013

The No Pants Subway Ride: New York is an annual light-hearted prank arranged by Improv Everywhere and held on the subway in January. Because of the size of the New York version of this prank, there are six meeting spots for participants. These locations are Hoyt Playground in Astoria, the Old Stone House in Brooklyn, Foley Square in Downtown Manhattan, Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, Great Hill in Central Park in Uptown Manhattan, and Maria Hernandez Park in Williamsburg.

The prank began in 2002 with seven participants in New York City and has grown to tens of thousands of participants each year in over fifty cities around the world. The prank goes as follows. Small groups of participants board the subway at various stops around the city, designated by Improv Everywhere leaders. Everyone boards the train like normal, pretending not to know any of the other pranksters.

At the stop before they are supposed to get off, they proceed to take off their pants and put them in their backpack (or similar storage item). The goal is to act like this is completely normal and act as if the pants were just becoming uncomfortable. The pranksters get off at their designated stop, pantsless, wait for the next train, then board again. From here, pranksters are supposed to act as if they simply forgot their pants and are surprised by how many other people were as forgetful as themselves.

The object of the prank is to be silly and act as if wearing no pants on the subway in 20-degree weather is totally normal. Therefore wearing overly crazy or revealing underwear is discouraged as it ruins the integrity of the event.

The No Pants Subway Ride: New York is completely free for anyone who wants to participate. Simply bring your acting chops and courage and show up at the designated meeting spot on the day of the event.


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


When: Sunday, January 10 at 3:00 PM, Sharp! (over by around 5:30)
Where: Five meeting points spread out all over New York City (see below).
Bring: A backpack and a metro card.
Wear: Normal winter clothes (hat, gloves, etc)
Facebook: You can RSVP to the Facebook Event


Everyone should meet at their chosen meeting point at 3 PM. Must be on time (feel free to be early).

  • 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

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.

**THIS IS A PARTICIPATORY EVENT. DO NOT SHOW UP UNLESS YOU PLAN TO TAKE YOUR PANTS OFF.** Join the official Facebook events page or view the official Improv Everywhere website for additional information.

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