On January 12th you can leave your pants at home

Have you ever heard about the butterfly effect? According to this theory a butterfly in a part of the world, with its wings, can cause a hurricane in another place far away. Culturally, this what constantly happens in New York. And this is one of the reasons why I love Her.

Take the annual “No Pants Subway Ride“, for example. In 2002 some friends had a  “just very simple: what would happen if in the middle on January a guy got on a subway car in his underwear, but was also wearing a winter coat, scarf, gloves, hat, and would it be even more insane if at the second stop a new person would go on in his underwear.”

Those are the words of Charlie Todd, president of  ImprovEveryWhere, “a New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places.”

[for a New York Times article about Charlie Todd visit: link1 link2 link3


ImprovEveryWhere has proposed more than 100 missions: No pants Sybwat Ride started in 2002 when on the 6th train a guy was filming while other ones got in the train in their underwear. After twelve years, people around the world stay tuned waiting for the opportunity to leave their pants at home, a lot of people actually.

The number of participants, in fact, has grown a lot: from 7 in 2002 to around 4,000 in 2013.

No pants subway ride: number of participants

No pants subway ride: number of participants 2002 – 2013

The big jump was probably due to youtube: the video Charlie and company recorded on 2002, in fact, has been uploaded only in 2007 on youtube and that’s when the No Pants event got viral!

Then in 2008 ImprovEveryWhere invited other cities to participate as well: from 1 to 60 cities all over the world.


No Pants Subway Ride: cities that have joined New York


2014 Details for New York

All are invited to participate in the 13th Annual No Pants Subway Ride. The event will take place at 3:00 PM on Sunday, January 12. Everything you need to know is in this post. Please read it carefully! (Click here for information for participating in other cities.)


When: Sunday, January 12 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 #NPSR and mention @ImprovEvery
Afterparty: Greenwich Village Country Club. Details below. Facebook Event for party.

New Yorkers should meet at one of the following locations promptly at 3 p.m.:

1. Uptown Manhattan: Meet at the Great Hill in Central Park

2. Queens: Meet at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Park

3. Lower East Side: Meet at Sarah Roosevelt Park on Houston

4. Downtown Manhattan: Meet at Foley Square

5. Brooklyn: Meet by the Old Stone House

6. Astoria: Meet at Hoyt Playground

7. Williamsburg/Bushwick: Meet at Maria Hernandez Park

At the meeting locations, participants will be organized in groups and assigned a train car in which they will remove their pants at a designated stop.

So, are you ready? You just need to go, take off your pants and try to to keep a straight face about it!!!

[If you can’t take part to the event, subscribe at ImprovEveryWhere’s youtube channel here]