Mariah Carey Rides N.Y.C. Subway in a Glittering Gown

Mariah Carey hops on a subway ride

Courtesy Mariah Carey

05/30/2014 AT 11:00 AM ET

Mimi seems to have emancipated herself, all right – from a swanky, chauffeur-driven car.

Self-proclaimed “elusive chanteuse” Mariah Carey (hey, it is the subtitle of her new album, Me. I Am Mariah) earned her common-folk bona fides Thursday night on her way home from a glitzy gala in N.Y.C., opting to take the subway instead of a car.

And, true to form, Carey – who had attended the Fresh Air Fund gala in downtown Manhattan – was in all-out Mimi Mode, hopping on the diva express in a sparkly blue gown whose plunging neckline flashed ample décolletage and whose sky-high slit threatened to make riders miss their stop.

Better still, it was captured for all posterity on social media: Carey, 44, posted a series of images and videos of the joyride – which also included a cab ride – on Instagram and Vine, chronicling her plebeian adventure while providing gonzo running commentary.

“I figured since I’m underdressed, we might as well take the subway,” she quips, before hopping on the 1 train.

“Avoid this area!” she helpfully offers, pointing to a trash-strewn sidewalk.

And – contrary to what fans might think given her coiffed-out, polished-up image – the songbird says she actually does like hanging outdoors.


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