Improv Everywhere

Jul 14 3pm, 7pm

South Street Seaport
Co-presented with Improv Everywhere
All ages welcome

To participate in this event you will need to: the downloaded Mp3 track on to a portable device, pack a bag with specified props, show up at the South Street Seaport in one of the designated areas on Pier 15 or 17.


Wear: Come dressed like a tourist. (As elaborate or simple as you like. Just wear what you think a tourist in NYC might wear.)

Bring: A bag (purse, backpack, messenger bag, shopping bag, etc.) that has the following items inside:
- A map (any type of map, free ones available at many subway stations)
- One sheet of white 8.5 x 11 inch paper. Write your first name on one side and your “senior quote” on the other side (if you don’t have one, just make something up.)
- A red fabric item that you don’t mind losing (pillowcase, towel, bandana, t-shirt, etc.)
- Bubbles (bottle of bubbles, bubblegun, etc. anything that will let you create bubbles.)
- A pair of sunglasses
- A single dollar bill

1. Download the Mp3:

There are 3 ways to download the mp3. Direct download (to your computer hard drive, Android phone, etc.), Improv Everywhere App (iOS), and iTunes Podcast link (iOS)


Note: The filename for the track is “mp3_experiment_ten.mp3″ and the length is 42:58.
Here is an alternate link if the above does not work: download

Improv Everywhere iOS App

If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, you can use our app to download the mp3 directly to your device. The app, if open, will then play the track automatically at the right time. We had some issues with the app last year that we believe we have fixed, but we recommend that you also download the mp3 file via another option as a backup.

iTunes Podcast Link

The app is also available as a podcast in the iTunes store, and you can download it free to your iOS device using the built-in podcast app.

2. Load the track onto your portable device.

3. Do not listen to the track.

4. On Sunday, dress as a tourist and bring a bag containing the above-mentioned items. All of the items should be hidden in your bag until you are instructed to take them out.

5. Bring a watch with a second hand (or use your cell phone if it displays seconds.) Before you leave, sync it up to the atomic clock.

6. As the start time approaches, position yourself in one of the two zones on the map: – If you were born between January and June, start in the red-shaded zone, anywhere inside the Pier 17 mall or on the balconies around it. – If you were born between July and December, start in the blue-shaded zone, anywhere on the new Pier 15 or the new promenade. Blend in and prepare to press play without drawing attention to yourself. Spread out so that you are not too close to friends or others wearing headphones.

7. At exactly 03:00:00 PM or 07:00:00 PM, press play.

CLICK HERE for a MAP, CLOCK, and list of FAQ for the event


Creators: Charlie Todd & Tyler Walker

Watch the trailer:


Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based prank collective. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 100 missions, including the most recent Grand Central Lights in Grand Central Terminal, where 135 Improv Everywhere participants staged a surprise performance in the windows on the terminal’s west side on the evening of Grand Central Terminal’s 100th birthday. Equipped with a variety of LED flashlights and camera flashes, performers appeared suddenly and unannounced along three floors of windows, creating a shower of light for the commuters and tourists below.

Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places and has executed over 100 missions involving thousands of undercover agents including the legendary Grand Central Freeze and the infamous No Pants Subway Ride.

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