Have you ever heard that celebs are just like us? It’s not true all the time, but when celebrities like RiRi, Kim, and Jay Z need to get around in New York City, they aren’t afraid to ditch the luxury limos and do as the New Yorkers do.
New York City is one of the only places in the world where celebs can almost be like normal people — and many are eager to act like regular ol’ New Yorkers when they get there. Always first up on the NYC-centric checklist — to ride the world famous subway system. Everyone from Rihanna to the Kardashian sisters to hometown hero Jay Z have made a show of opting for public transportation — and it’s always been amazing to see them look like fishes out of water!
Mariah Carey & More Stars Ride The Subway
Mariah Carey was the most recent star to go underground. The singer was headed to the Air Fresh Fund Gala on May 29 when she decided to skip the chauffeur and pay $2.50 for a subway ride instead, so in a glitzy blue gown and sunglasses, Mariah waited on the platform and rode the train!
“I figured since I’m underdressed, we might as well take the subway,” Mariah said about her trip (note: Mariah was easily the best-dressed person on the subway). One thing’s for sure — it was definitely hilarious to see the glamorous singer sitting on the dingy yellow seats of an NYC train.
And the same goes for Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, who took selfies on a subway ride during a recent trip to the Big Apple.
Jay Z Gets Back To His Roots
But maybe the best instance of a star getting back to his roots on the subway was when Jay Z rode the train to one of his concerts at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2012.
Jay was born and raised in Brooklyn, so he wanted to honor his past and present by riding on the NQR line like he had done so many times as a child and upcoming rapper. And thankfully, his symbolic trip was filmed for his documentary, Where I’m From. The clip shows a horde of fans surrounding Jay as he waits for the train to arrive, but the best moment is when he sits next to an older woman, who just happened to be iconic NYC artist Ellen Grossman.
“Are you famous?” Ellen hysterically asked, prompting Jay to explain who he was. It was the perfect cherry on top of the moment and hammered home the idea that in New York City, celebs are just like everyone else (well, kind of).
So HollywoodLifers, what was been YOUR favorite celebs-on-the-subway moment? Check out the gallery above and let us know!
— Andrew Gruttadaro