TikTok teen hosts packed subway dance events in NYC
Stay away from the angry teenagers!
A Harlem TikToker turned the subway into its own personal club – and the only nominal charge is the fare of $ 2.75.
Sunjay Shrestha, 18, hosts what he calls “Subway Ragers,” flash mob parties where his teenage fans grab subway cars, jump and scream while Shrestha raps a playlist of songs into a wireless microphone.
Then he posts videos of the speeders on his TikTok page @scionsays and has received hundreds of thousands of views since it started last month.
During a Friday night frenzy recently watched by The Post, nearly two dozen unmasked teenagers rushed to South Ferry station to grab an Uptown 1 train for Shrestha’s 7pm “show.”
The teenagers shook the car while Shrestha rapped and blared the tunes of Playboi Carti – while other straphangers tried to escape the madness.
Sunjay Shrestha, above, posts videos of the rag on his TikTok, @scionsays.Stephen Yang |
Some passengers refused to get into the jammed subway car when the teenagers bumped and jumped around. A couple of riders rolled their eyes in disgust and shook their heads at the spectacle.
Before the ranger ended an hour after it took off from Columbus Circle, an elderly woman with a walker tried to get into the party van, only to quickly return to the platform when she noticed the hustle and bustle.
So far, the MTA and NYPD have not noticed the speeding cars.
Dozens of maskless teenagers crowd into the subway cars for Shrestha’s “show”.Stephen Yang |
Loudspeakers and other “sound production” devices are banned on the subway and can be fined $ 25.
Subway trains are “for transport” and “not social media stunts that block aisles and endanger other passengers,” said MTA spokeswoman Kayla Shults. “Also, masks are required by federal regulations and augmentation devices are not allowed for the health, safety, and comfort of all customers.”
“I saw this on TikTok and just had to get out tonight,” said one underage night owl. Stephen Yang |
The parties ignore the rules. “That’s creative, Carti’s music is for fun, Moshing,” said Brandon Marcus, 15, of Ridgewood. “I saw this on TikTok and just had to come out tonight.”
Shrestha said he was inspired to party thanks to Playboi Carti’s show at the Rolling Loud music festival in Flushing in October.
“The energy, the people there, I wanted to relive the experience,” he said.
After his first successful show, he posted the dates of his underground “tour” on TikTok.
Shrestha insists that the parties are carefully planned to avoid overcrowded cars and metro shutdowns.Stephen Yang |
“I posted tour dates and everyone thought it was a joke,” said Shrestha.
Stressed that his shows did not cause subway shutdowns, Shrestha says he avoids already overcrowded subway cars and “carefully” plans his outbursts to avoid conflict with other subway riders.
“We’re just kids jumping up and down while some are holding onto bars,” said Shrestha.
“That doesn’t make sense,” he admits to his popularity. “You see someone coming out to perform other people’s songs, it’s unreal to me that it should be like that at all.”