Inquisitive stares. Rumbles of laughter. Discreet photos. Riding the subway with no pants on — just a typical Sunday. I participated in the 12th Annual No Pants Subway Ride 2013 hosted by Improv Everywhere. Thanks to Twitter and Brooklyn Exposed (@BrooklynExposed), I learned about #NPSR just in time to persuade (read: beg) my partner in crime Joey into going along with me.
On January 13, people around the globe gathered with one common goal in mind: to ride the subway sans pants. There were five meeting points around Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. After grabbing breakfast sandwiches from Urban Rustic and hailing a cab (the clock was ticking, and we were late), we met at Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick and hopped on the L at DeKalb with other fellow NPSR-ers (shout out to Car 5!).
Just before the Graham stop, Joey and I inconspicuously de-pantsed. It was just like any other normal subway ride. My nose was buried my NOOK, and I was minding my own business. Except I wasn’t wearing any pants. We rode the L to 8th Avenue and back to Union Square where everyone then congregated in Union Square Park, which created a giant pantless spectacle. Numerous people asked if they could take pictures of my backside. I happily obliged.
The event — albeit goofy — was well organized, totally harmless and an absolute blast! We live in a society that suffers from endless negativity so it was refreshing to experience such positive vibes. The faces of those who were not participating were priceless and made the trip entirely worth it. Not to mention, walking around in public without pants was surprisingly liberating.
For more news coverage and photos, I highly recommend Googling “No Pants Subway Ride 2013” to enjoy a good laugh. Click here for the official video courtesy of Improv Everywhere.