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PICS: Hot Undies Rule In NYC’s “No Pants Subway Ride”

Written by Matthew Lawrence on November 11, 2019
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Hundreds of New Yorkers dropped trou on the subway last weekend as part of the 15th annual No Pants Subway Ride. They were joined by pantsless commuters around the world, who rode subways from San Francisco to Jerusalem as part of the silly tradition.


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The No Pants Subway Ride began in 2002 as a stunt in one subway car, where a different man in his underwear would get on at each stop and they’d all pretend they didn’t know one another. At the eighth stop, a man selling pants for a dollar passed through the subway. It’s the creation of New York-based Improv Everywhere, a long-running New York prank operation whose other antics include delivering pizzas to unsuspecting commuters and turning an overheated subway station into a spa. It’s a welcome change from all the underground chaos that New Yorkers are used to dealing with.

Since then, the event’s gotten media coverage on CNN and the Today show. Participants still pretend that nothing unusual is happening, and other than the pants they wear whatever they need to stay warm. It is January, after all.

Participants shared many, many photos of the event on Instagram. Here are some of our favorites:

“No Pants Subway Ride 2016” #nopantssubwayride #nopantssubwayride2016 #nopantssubwayridenyc #jacksparrow

A photo posted by Yosef’Glen Larroc (@all_bout_jack) on

No dogs allowed! But pants are optional #nopantssubwayride #helsinki #streetphotography #photooftheday

A photo posted by Klaus Käyhkö (@klauskayhkophotography) on

NEWS: No Pants Subway Ride celebrates 15 years in New York City http://redhotpie.com.au/Article/No-Pants-Subway-Ride-celebrates-15-years-in-New-York-City-1318 #RedHotPie #NoPantsSubwayRide #NewYork

A photo posted by RedHotPie Australia (@redhotpie) on

No pants, no problem. #nopantssubwayride #jockstrap #underwear #nyc

A photo posted by Aaron Edmiston (@acedmiston) on

@djtemplek #nopantssubwayride #nopantsnoproblem #nopantsparty #nopantsarethebestpants #nyc #newyorkcity #newyorkphotographer #streetphotography #coolppls #instapic #photooftheday #groupshot #unionsquarepark #unionsquareparknyc #unionsquarepark

A photo posted by Deej Manny (@deejmanny101) on

@skuntylechat and I were serving #banjee #realness on the #nopantssubwayride. Lives gotten. #Wigs snatched. Waists small. It was legit cold as hell that day, but it was the best #sundayfunday ever. #chicago

A photo posted by Charlie Christopher (@charlie_ohh) on

#nopantssubwayride #nopantsnoproblem #nopantsparty #nopantsarethebestpants #nyc #60streetnbroadway #subway #subwayride #group #nyc #newyorkcity #newyorkphotographer #photographer #cityvibes #butt #buttshot #streetphotography #photographylovers #photographyislifee #girl #guys #unionsquarepark #unionsquareparknyc #unionsquare

A photo posted by Deej Manny (@deejmanny101) on

#nopantssubway #nopantssubwayride #nopantssubwayride2016 #nyc

A photo posted by T I V A S (@tivas) on

(featured image via Arin Sang-Urai / Improv Everywhere)

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