After a hiatus, The Metropolist is returning to regular commentary. What atrocity finally tipped the balance? The President standing above the law? The Court nominee ducking beneath the questions?
No. Just NYPD having no sense of humor.
The Fifth Annual No Pants Subway Ride should be lauded as fine piece of urban guerilla theater. Its glory should be sung in the pages of travel guides so tourists giddily hope to be on the lucky subway car that greets the spontaneous arrival of pantsless riders. Its organizers, Improv Everywhere -- with the slogan "We Cause Scenes" -- should, and will, become urban legend.
Instead, eight of them were taken into custody and issued tickets for disturbing the peace. And that's what our police spent their day doing.
It reminds me of when the police jailed Gameboy musicians for postering for for their performance at The Tank. Or when the Mayor threatened to shut down a street fair that featured mock graffiti because it would incide subway vandalism (the judge who overruled the Mayor scornfully asked whether an outdoor performance of Hamlet would incite revenge murder).
You'd think this prank would be welcomed by the cops: its much easier to conduct a random search when your subject's not wearing any clothes.