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Spirit of thanksgiving! NYC commuters get a full turkey spread on a stuck subway train


New York City subway riders stranded 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 of the spread on Instagram, taken from outside the train.

Yuan said she was on the train at Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn when it stalled and the conductor ordered passengers to get out.

After leaving, the reporter noticed that several people were eating macaroni and cheese and looked “happy” and “laughing.” It was then that she decided to investigate and came across a strange sight.

Another angle from inside the train showed passengers enjoying food together while waiting

The Thanksgiving spread happened on the L-train near Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn

The Thanksgiving spread happened on the L-train near Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn

“I was in another car and when I got on the platform there were all these happy, laughing people collapsing [mac] and the cheese! (They said it was a bomb.),” Yuan wrote.

The reporter said the doors remained closed as she recorded passengers scratching silver boxes filled with sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, vegetables and turkey.

“It was as close as it gets,” she wrote, captioning the video of her recording 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 with a woman who said she lives in a shelter and said “it’s really good”, and that “some [people] could use this food.

The video from inside the train went viral for the first time on TikTok after being posted by Haylee Pentek, who goes by “thatsnothaylee”, on Wednesday.

“The hottest restaurant in New York is: THE L TRAIN,” Pentek wrote in the video, which uses Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” in the background.

This post has been viewed over 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 spread of Thanksgiving on the L train Wednesday in Brooklyn

A viral TikTok showed the spread of Thanksgiving on the L train Wednesday in Brooklyn

Plates of food were distributed as people waited in the stalled subway car

Plates of food were distributed as people waited in the stalled subway car

Footage shows passengers laughing and gathering around the impromptu Thanksgiving table in the middle of the carriage

Footage shows passengers laughing and gathering around the impromptu Thanksgiving table in the middle of the carriage

“Friendsgiving but 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 subscribers and says it advises New Yorkers on “the best things to do” in the city.

This share has since received over 64,000 likes and 1,000 comments.

“That moment made someone’s day. Some people aren’t in the best state of mind because they’re alone, don’t have time to party, or aren’t in a good space. For someone ‘one bring the set and share is a big deal,’ another wrote.

“It was a blessing, I’m sure, for someone who doesn’t have the blessing of food or family to share this with. It was a gift for someone I’m sure,” one commenter said.

“It wouldn’t be a day in New York without this kind of love,” one person said.

Several plates of food were placed on the “table”, which also had gloves to grab

Several plates of food were placed on the “table”, which also had gloves to grab

However, it was not the first time that an incident like this had occurred.

In 2019, Brandi Baxter, owner of Chef Bea, worked with comedian Jodell Lewis and rapper Christopher Dupree to provide a Thanksgiving dinner for L-train passengers.

The video then went viral, quickly racking up millions of views and hundreds of thousands of likes.

“It was amazing to deliver a classic New York moment,” Dupree told The New York Times in 2019.



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