It Is Just The Latest In A Series Of Weird Events Underground

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Think you’ve seen it all on the subway? Chances are you have.

Every train line has its own entertainment, but on Thursday a new video showing a creative way to use those subway poles was uploaded to YouTube and almost immediately went viral.

Talk about a strap-hanger.

An unidentified man undressed into black briefs and black high-heel stilettos and then was caught on camera pole dancing on an “L” train. And if that’s not enough, he certainly looked like he knew what he was doing, reports CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.

It was just another day, another wild ride on the New York City subway.

“He was barely wearing any clothes. Well, that is offensive,” said Prince Arrow of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

“It was kind of nice to have some diversity, some original things going on. Entertainment, free entertainment,” added Heixan Robles of Manhattan.

Thankfully, this guy’s strip-tease didn’t go all the way, but he was egged on by a makeshift flash mob.

But there’s been worse in recent months. There was the guy not too long ago feverishly licking his shoe again and again and again on a train.

“That is disgusting. That’s not nice. That’s not nice,” said Carmen Heredia of the Upper East Side.

“That, that, that is gross. Yeah, that is,” Arrow said.

There have been fights, too, like the one over a container of spaghetti, which featured a woman across the aisle adding in her 2 cents. One word led to another, and before long there was a push, and then an all-out scuffle.

“Something should be done. We should have more protection on the subways, definitely,” Will Morell of Williamsburg said.

But not everyone thinks these subway stories are funny or harmless. How about the recent case of a woman standing up against a subway flasher?

Remember Nicola Briggs, who famously refused to be a victim when a subway rider exposed himself in front of her. She got angry, and even, by reporting the man to police.

“I’m escorting you to the police station. Oh yes, oh (expletive) yes!” Briggs said.

It’s that kind of reaction that may be what puts a stop to the madness, and gets our subway trains back on track.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has rules against subway riders creating a nuisance, annoyance or breaching the peace. Fines could range from $25 to $100.

Video: Pole Dance Flash Mob Breaks Out On L Train

Only in New York, right? Please offer your thoughts on the bizarre world that is the NYC subway system.

Comments (160)
  1. Doug says:

    WHen are the sane citizens going to re-take this country?

    1. wing ding says:

      are they any left?

      1. tubaman says:

        please go to bed early,huh

    2. hackergo says:

      never they are too deluded by trite concerns to see how CONGRESS HAS DESTROYED THIS NATION!!!!

    3. IDDDQD/IDKFA says:

      I think this is funny…..Does everyone hate fun? Is fun Immoral? Is this worse then the time I mooned that car on the freeway? Am I immoral?…… I have so many questions.

      1. Doug says:

        Idiots think lots of stupid things are funny.

      2. tubaman says:


    4. dan cucich says:

      the rotten fruit of liberalism

    5. melvinslizard says:

      So that’s where Bill’s been “hanging out” while Hillary’s on the road 🙂

  2. lukuj says:

    I sense a new video on the horizon – Liberals gone Wild! If I ever had had a desire to New York, this would have squelched it.

  3. Gawd says:

    John Rocker was right!

    1. Barry A Kenyan says:

      LOL. You correct sir.

  4. Sarah says:

    all Obama voters

    1. hermespan says:

      Think with your head, not your hate.

      1. asdf says:

        no, I think Sarah makes the logical conclusion.

    2. hermespan says:

      Explain the logic asdf? For one thing, you can really only see one person clearly in the video, yet you and Sarah magically know more. pretty gifted, you. I bet you can’t explain the logic, can you? You and Sarah just feel it. That’s your hate and intolerance bubbling up, no logical association to what we all can see. You may be right, but logic can not lead you to this conclusion in this case, not enough info. As I said before, think with your head(logic), not your hate.

  5. Cato says:

    Guy does a pole dance on a subway. Not my cup of tea, but nobody was hurt and some people had fun, so where’s the harm in it? Liberty is a sword that cuts both ways, and much like Thomas Jefferson, I’d rather have the ills assosciated with too much Liberty than those assosciated with too little.

    1. Hermespan says:

      Nicely said Cato!

    2. asdf says:

      i’d rather have the ills associated with a moral society than those associated with the sex-obsessed, drugged up america that we live in – an america where people even consider entertaining thoughts like yours Cato

      1. hermespan says:

        Cato speaks of Liberty, you speak of oppression. Be careful that you don’t lose the former to satisfy your idea of morality. The Taliban think they are moral. In fact, they are crusaders for morality, yours and mine. Sound familiar.

      2. melvinslizard says:

        Welcome to Sharia law, your opinion, unfortunately, has been outlawed. Infidel!

    3. lukuj says:

      Others should be free not to have to watch such stuff. If he wants to do it, he should rent a hall and sell tickets so that only those that choose have to watch it. Otherwise, do it at home. Using your logic, why should people not just defecate in public. It really doesn’t hurt anyone and the person doing it may find it pleasurable. The same is true of having sex in public. It doesn’t pysically hurt anyone else and it gives those doing it pleasure. Because we are, or at least used to be, a civilized society we should respect the sensiblities of others.

      1. melvinslizard says:

        Did he soil the pole? I missed that part of the article…

    4. Trump Towers says:

      So Gay, The guy pole dancing.

  6. Abraham says:

    I’m shocked that so many of you are so filled with hate. Jesus brought us the new covenant with God – to love one another. Most of you call yourselves Christians, so what happened to that? It’s conveniently easy to forget when experiencing the temptation of evil. Hate is evil. Don’t be evil.

    Further, instead of your hate, what are you doing to help? Do you pick up trash you see on the ground? Do you stop to help those in need on the side of the road? Do you volunteer your time (not your money) to helping those less fortunate? Are you improving yourself in any way, through additional training, study, or schooling?

    Instead of spewing vitriol, bile and hate, do something positive. You don’t have to like everyone, but we are all human beings and deserve to be treated with civility and respect. That’s what our glorious Constitution is all about, lest ye forget.

    1. ron says:

      you’re clueless. It’s the conservatives and the Christians who are the biggest givers to charity. Your man Al Gore was disgraced in the election when it was discovered that the mega rich Gore gave a pittance to charity and was a slum lord. Liberal hippocrits

      1. hermespan says:

        You’ll believe anything Ron, just because Fox News attempts to form opinion by claiming that conservatives are more charitable doesn’t make it true. Malarkey! Prove your foolish claim Ron, put your money were your mouth is and show us these findings, or keep your divisive mouth shut until you can learn to play fair.

    2. Maya says:

      Oh pullllleeeeez

    3. David Olsow says:

      Just wondering what you are doing to help. I see the “hate” word is used quite often in your post. The stripper should be jailed.

    4. Sam Maloney says:

      Yep– Looks like the Puritans are back, and very angry. They are all about freedom, but only as long as no one actually *does* anything with it…

    5. rufus levin says:

      To Hell with God

      1. Jeremiah says:

        Nope, you will have to go without Him!

    6. Leviathan says:

      That is the CHRISTIAN approach? Unfortunately the Muslim approach is to stone “abominations” like this. These “innocent” You Tube clips are exploited by our enemies as proof of our immorality. They turn up in Islamic recruiting videos as example of the “decline of America”. If I’m on the train with my 6 year old son…I’m kicking some a$$.

    7. Doree says:

      And you think that excuses any kind of lude behavior, no matter. What would you say if your three year old daughter was seeing this stupid act by this clown. You can take all this garbage behavior home with you and look at it day and night. As for myself and my children I would rather look at Chimp pickin his nose than this loon.

    8. lukuj says:

      hermspan, look it up for yourself. You don’t have to believe Ron. Statistics back up the claim that conservatives contribute more to charity. Look at the facts.

  7. giterdone says:

    As long as the public continues to condone this type of behavior, it will continue to happen. There are weirdo’s in every society, but we don’t have to give their behavior a ligitimate platform by going along with it. So, if society is going off to the weird side, blame yourselves.

  8. barbaras says:

    The leftists have been working for a hundred years to destroy our culture and they have been successful. We no longer feel shame; the rule of law only applies to people the left loves to hate. (That would include anyone who was unable to be programmed by the propaganda.) Anyone with an ounce of morality, conscience, love of country, who lives by principles please vote the socialist/communists out before it is too late.

    1. anon says:

      I fear, it’s already too late.

    2. Sam Maloney says:

      Yeah, if only we could go back to the good old days when gays were closeted, women were silent and blacks were slaves… [rolls eyes]

    3. Hermespan says:

      If you don’t like it, look away. This country, this world, does not belong to you and your kind alone barbaras, Remember that. Learn to accept differences in people, or pass on without progressing past infancy. I may not agree with such a display myself Barbaras, but I’m free to look away, Your sucked into the fight by your hate and ignorance.

  9. Potatoes says:

    This country is gone! There is nothing left…

    1. wing ding says:

      more bad news, you’re still here.

      1. tubaman says:

        you’re a freakin idiot

  10. David Worthington Trahan says:

    So much hate on this thread. Lots of people who much be so damn boring complaining about people who make their lives fun.


    1. mdwhite says:

      Grow up, sunshine.

    2. David Olsow says:

      Being stupid and ignorant is not fun. Its childish and should be punished….NOT promoted like the rest of the garbage.

  11. David Worthington Trahan says:

    Wow, I didn’t realize you had the ability to recognize all fo these people as “daddy trust fund losers”. Did you go to some trust fund meeting and meet all of them and then happent o recognize their faces in this video? Are you part of some Facebook group or something and that’s how you recognized them?

    OH, no, you’re just being ignorant.

  12. donseye says:

    Must be a frustrated NYT copy writer after he sees what he has been writing is laughable.

    1. Don't tread on me says:

      Maybe he’s preparing for when the TSA starts conducting their grope searches on the subway. This man is a real “Patriot Act” amerikan.

  13. donseye says:

    Must be a frustrated NYT copy writer after he sees what he has been writing is lauaghable.

  14. LindaM says:

    I wonder what his mother says when asked, “What does your son do for a living?” Talk about being on the lower echelon of showbiz!!!!

    1. PeepleOurStoopid says:

      Because that’s what being a parent is all about: telling your fellow housewives how great your children are. You are the reason children kill themselves.

      1. deskboy says:

        oh that was very good. Touche

    2. David Worthington Trahan says:

      You’re an idiot Linda

      1. peepleourstoopid proves the point proves the point says:

        Yes I know “peepleourstupid proves the point”. I don’t believe any parent should be ashamed of their child. How often does the alleged “unconditional love” from a parent feel all too conditional?



  15. pete says:

    Like San Francisco!

    1. wing ding says:

      and I bet you know a thing or two about bung holes – moron.

      1. tubaman says:

        why?doyou take it up the a–???

    2. tubaman says:

      you got that right!!!!!!

  16. Hank Warren says:

    Cops harassing normal people and letting gays do whatever they want, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    1. Joe says:

      How did this become about the gays? It’s a guy acting crazy on the subway for entertainment … ridiculing the idea of stripping and wearing high heels. It was a frikikin’ JOKE, you idiots.
      As for the cops and their “protection”? … I’ve seen 3 events on the subway in the last 2 weeks where police were called (they’re supposed to be AT the station) and never came. I like to be left alone on the subway and I don’t want to be entertained or otherwise engaged, but if someone gets a kick out of something, let them. It’s not gross… the man was wearing more than most people wear to public beaches.
      GROSS: women wearing gallons of cologne and choking you; crowded subways in summer when everyone has to put their arm in the air to hang on; stupid people that get interviewed for articles who are offended and angry over every little thing that doesn’t matter; BIGGEST GROSS: people blaming liberals for everything, hating their fellow man, judging others, saying it’s okay to beat up someone

    2. PeepleOurStoopid says:

      I like how you think you are free.

    3. RUFUS LEVIN says:


    4. Hermespan says:

      Keep telling yourself that Rufus, you got it all figured out.

  17. Doc says:

    Obama’s re-election crew is on the move…

  18. MIKE says:


  19. JoeAstroturf says:

    Don’t try to prosecute this guy he’s a friend of Barney Franks and Ballerina Rahm’s. Just ask Barney Frank and his boyfriend Herb Moses from Fannie Mae what they think about his talents . Barney wanted and got the most expensive _umjob in history for looking the other way when Fanny and Freddy raped the country. Barney didn’t have to pay we the people did.

    Please Check out song called teapartiers I can’t hear you at

    Here’s a verse

    The real teabaggers are Barnie and the safe school czar
    Your kids aren’t safe in a bus or car
    Jennings might not report it if their molested at a bus station
    lets hope he don’t have Nambla take them on vacation

    1. hermespan says:

      This is just beyond stupid, you sound like a 6 year old in the schoolyard. How sad for you. Grow up! Just really, really stupid!

  20. MIKE says:





  21. Joe Kliplinger says:

    One more reason to never visit New York city.

  22. sean says:

    WOW he is hot muscular anyone have his number

    1. MIKE says:


      1. sean says:

        yea so r u?

        email me if u are

    2. hermespan says:

      Reap what you sow!

  23. Poppa Blues says:

    Lol! God, i love NY!!!

  24. Other Mr. T. says:

    ‘L’ train, that figures – it’s the ‘freak’ line! I just hope he wasn’t a cop on duty.

  25. cash says:

    Bernard Goetz should come out of retirement.

  26. O'Dwyer says:

    Der Fliegender Schwantz ist los!

  27. evenhead says:

    Okaaaayyy awkward, definitely not going to be touching the poles anymore. Ya know there’s the good kind of weird that makes you laugh and then there is the bad kind that just makes you shudder. This is one of the latter.

  28. steve says:

    Just more validation that leaving New York was the right move.

  29. HansJurgen says:

    I’m sure these are the stupid type that voted Obummer into office. They’ll probably have “flash mobs” at voting booths in 2012 to help vote the Obummer back into office for 4 more years of stupidity.

    1. infowarsdotcom says:

      Who needs Hitler when you have Obama. Look up Hitlers New World Order.

      Frightening words from the past
      “Hitler’s New World Order” 1941 President Roosevelt speech:

  30. MorganGray says:

    For those who are whining about “the children”; kids see more than a guy in a pair of black BVDs every time they turn on the idiot box. And that’s on the networks. Cable / satellite shows leave almost nothing to the imagination.
    Would I have wanted to see this clown doing his routine on the subway. Not really. I don’t much care for pole dancers in general. Would I be having the vapors if I caught his show? No. I think I’d be amused.

    1. John says:

      We need some kind of apartheid system, separating people by those who work [or try to work] and live a normal drama free life, and bored, jaded yuppies, trust fund babies, bored usually white suburban/small town college ‘kids’, etc.

      1. MIKE says:



      2. David Worthington Trahan says:

        You mean you want to get rid of people who have fun, and keep NYC boring and stale?

    2. hermespan says:

      Just stupid Mike, stupid. Hey everybody, I got nothing but stupid, everybody look at me. Good god!

  31. endgametime says:

    What are they losers? They are doing what they enjoy. No laws broken. The pole dancer is strutting his stuff in hopes of getting a date.

  32. Jub-Jub says:

    This is why you don’t touch the poles on the subway.

  33. Ozzy says:

    See what happens when you ban smoking in New York?
    It turns into Bozo land.
    New York – “former capitol of the world.”

  34. MIKE says:





    1. DanTe says:

      You make too much sense. Why are you reading CBS’ lowbrow junk?

    2. John says:


      And if he wasn’t a ‘pretty’ cleancut white dude?

  35. Pat Alexander says:

    Well, at least it wasn’t Barney frank…..

    1. John says:

      I’ve seen Frank on the subway in Boston. And yes, he’s an ahole who just glares at everybody.

  36. Charles says:

    There has been less than 500 views on youtube, so its hardly gone viral

  37. John says:

    Do any of you people posting how ‘cool’ this was care many people use the subway [surprise] to get to work, back home, for doctor appointments, etc., ? Most people want the system to function reasonably fast and safely. If you want to be entertained, amused, go to Disneyworld or Las Vegas. It is very difficult enough getting around the city without having to deal with annoying, bored attention seekers [and/or people high a whatever] and the bored, self centered losers who encourage them.

  38. Tictacwoe says:

    If you think this story is funny you’ll love this parody video where a real flash mob assembles. It’s Oooooh so sweet

    1. Trudy Hill says:

      um. no it is boring tic tac toe

  39. Gibbs Bentley says:

    “No Sane man will dance.”
    – Cicero (106-43 B.C.) —

  40. Art says:

    Where is the TSA when they are REALLY needed?
    Just asking, that’s all.

  41. Robert F says:

    I take my daughter to school on the L train…it is a crowded freak show all the time

  42. Dale Auburn says:

    The way to truly stop nuisances and annoyances in the subway system is to completely SHUT DOWN THE SUBWAY SYSTEM. That way, all the annoyances willbe on the street where they belong.

    Any takers?

  43. musical mom says:

    Wish I had been on that train! Funny that no one stuffed any dollar bills in his briefs.

    1. John says:

      You irritating human being. Get a life, sweetheart. You want to be entertained, go to a club, bar, amusement park, etc.,Most people coming home or going to work, school, doctor appointment, etc., want to do so as quickly, safely, and quietly as possible. Subways aren’t amusement parks. At least they weren’t until the city started caring more about tourists and entertaining them than the city’s residents.

  44. nyc says:

    All I know is when I get on the subway, its the fastest way for me to get from point a to point b and I am disgusted what is allowed to happen on our subways ! It’s not a theatre,it;s fast transportation ! Hard enough to deal with the homeless, the mentally ill , the rude and stinky people etc. Help NYC !

    1. musical mom says:

      C’mon. Loosen up. It’s harmless fun and left a lot of people smiling and feeling good!

      1. tubaman says:


    2. John says:

      I share your pain.

  45. gwen says:

    it was a hot day yesterday & underground can get more steamier.

  46. KPMc says:

    One person is not a flash mob. The people encouraging him are not a flash mob. Just another loser starving for attention and even more losers giving it to him. At what point do we stop tolerating/encouraging bad behavior?

  47. Hiran says:

    I don’t consider this news worthy……..

  48. ellen says:

    only in nyc!

  49. Anne Sumner says:

    and we missed this.

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