Thanksgiving spirit! NYC commuters are treated to full turkey spread on stalled subway train
New York City subway drivers trapped on the L train in Brooklyn were treated to a Thanksgiving surprise when a full turkey dinner was served in a train car on Wednesday.
Washington Post reporter Jada Yuan first shared footage from the spread to Instagram, taken from the outside of the train.
Yuan said she was on the train on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn when it stopped and the conductor ordered the passengers to get off.
After leaving, the reporter saw several people eating mac and cheese and looking “happy” and “smiling.” Then she decided to investigate and came across a peculiar sight.
From another angle of the train, passengers could enjoy the food together while waiting
The Thanksgiving spread took place on the L train near Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn
“I was in another car and when I got on the platform there were all happy, smiling people who crashed [mac] and cheese! (They said it was a bomb.),’ Yuan wrote.
The reporter said the doors remained closed as she recorded passengers scraping silver cans filled with sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, vegetables and turkey.
“This was as close as I could get,” she captioned the video of her shot from outside the train.
Even after the doors closed, the group continued to serve, Yuan said.
She also confirmed that the food was distributed by Bea’s Kitchen in New York.
Yuan said she spoke to a woman who said she lives in a shelter and said “that’s really nice,” and that “some [people] could use that food.’
Video from the train first went viral on TikTok after it was posted on Wednesday by Haylee Pentek, who calls “thatsnothaylee.”
“The hottest restaurant in nyc is: THE L TRAIN,” Pentek captioned the video, which uses Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” in the background.
That post has been viewed more than 1.4 million times and received 330,000 likes.
The video was also picked up and shared by New York Bucket List on Thursday morning.
A viral TikTok showed the Thanksgiving spread on the L train in Brooklyn on Wednesday
Plates of food were handed out as people waited for the stalled subway
The footage shows the passengers laughing and gathering around the makeshift Thanksgiving table in the middle of the train car
“Friends give up on THE L-TRAIN,” the account captioned their post. ‘Only in New York! Happy Thanksgiving from the greatest city in the world.”
New York Bucket List has more than 1.5 million followers and claims to advise New Yorkers on “the best things to do” in the city.
That re-sharing has since racked up more than 64,000 likes and 1,000 comments.
“This moment made someone’s day. Some people aren’t in the best mood because they’re alone, don’t feel like partying, or aren’t in a good space. For someone to take and share the ensemble is a big deal,” wrote another.
“I’m sure this was a blessing for someone who doesn’t have the blessing of food or family to share it with. I’m sure this was a gift to someone,” said one commenter.
“It wouldn’t be a day in New York without this kind of love,” said one person.
Several plates of food were placed on the ‘table’, which also had gloves for people to grab
However, this was not the first time an incident like this had happened.
In 2019, Chef Bea owner Brandi Baxter teamed up with comedian Jodell Lewis and rapper Christopher Dupree to cater a Thanksgiving dinner for L train riders.
Video later went viral and quickly garnered millions of views and hundreds of thousands of likes.
“It was great to provide a classic New York City moment,” Dupree told the New York Times in 2019.