On May 6, the evening before TEDxEast, a small group of attendees met to take an underground tour of New York City with none other than our TEDActive co-host, Rives. Besides being an amazing spoken word poet and one of the funniest hosts a conference could ask for, Rives once starred in a series called Ironic Iconic America, taking audiences across the US to find hidden gems of pop culture in every city (so he's got some experience in hosting tours).
As part of this little excursion, there was an impromptu TEDx6 Train. Apparently, if you stay on MTA's 6 train past its last stop at Brooklyn Bridge - City Hall, the train continues and turns around before reappearing on the other side of the tracks. Barring an encounter with displeased authorities, you end up being the only people on the train -- a rather eerie feeling in New York. In the time that we were alone on the train, people gave quick talks that answered the question, "If you could bring one person back from the dead, who would it be and why?" while Rives used his iPad as our official TEDx6 Train sign.
The group coalesced in Grand Central Station
Rives delivered the plan for the evening (and many other nifty facts and stories)
We managed to stay on the 6 train without a hitch!
Rives announces the beginning of TEDx6 Train
It's all recorded for posterity
And we leave the train only to sneak into a nearby Philippe Starck designed apartment building and hold a quick poetry reading.