Underneath the glitz (and grit) of Gotham, exists a city all its own – the New York City subway system. It’s a crazy, wild, scary and often funny place. As a daily subway commuter, I’ve seen it all – drunkards, drummers, and drama queens, and everything in between. With more than four million straphangers passing through on a daily basis, its without a doubt you’ll witness some pretty remarkable things.
This Sunday was no different. Not just because the subway is unpredictable, but because it was International No Pants Day – a day when subway riders around the world drop their pants (not their drawers) during a ride on the subway. Originally started in New York City (of course) in 2002, this ridiculous ride quickly became an international phenomenon.
According to the founders of the entertaining event, Improv Everywhere, “The idea behind No Pants is simple: Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants behave as if they do not know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants.”
Not knowing what to expect (well, not completely) I descended into the underground and soon found myself among the pantless. They were everywhere, in mass quantity, and were more prevalent than those wardrobe-abiding weirdos (aka those actually wearing pants), like myself. And while the trouser-free fans certainly were difficult to ignore, it was the countless creeps who I was focused on – you know, those perverts who knew this day was coming and couldn’t wait to catch a glimpse. There they were, with smart phones shoved right up against, and underneath, the bottoms of the brave.
As I watched from afar, it wasn’t long before I began to feel uncomfortable and made my exit. I captured some interesting images and witnessed some wacky stuff, but not sure I’ll ever really ride in the revelry anytime soon. Until next year you sexy straphangers!