Want to know the longest and most popular lines for things you can only get in NYC? The Hamilton Cancellation line, the rainbow bagels line, the Black Top Milkshakes line, the Cronut line and the Yeezy Raffles/Waits line which is the most complicated one. First you have to get into the raffle to get the just released Adidas Yeezy sneakers, THEN you have to line up outside the stores early (like 4.30am) to get them.
But there are people in NYC who take all the pain out of it for you because they are professional line waiters and they wait and buy the goods for you. The most professional of those delivering this service is Same Ole Line Dudes who got started when the owner found he could make a tidy living queuing for others.
For this service you pay $25 for the first hour, and then $10 for each additional hour with a wait of 2 hrs being the minimum you can contract for. If you have to line up for over 24+ hours, as many professional line waiters did for the iPhone issued last year, then you are talking payments over $1,000.
For instance, initially to get a ticket from Hamilton Cancellation Line which opened mid afternoon, initially line waiters had to get there at 6.a.m. Now they have to get there 7 pm the night before. And the line has now been restricted to only 30 people because it was getting so long and the first 6-7 spots in the line will be Same Ole Line Dudes which means the people with big extra money to spend are getting those scarce tickets. Vulture
Of course professional line waiters queue to get into super popular, bars, restaurants and clubs: they queue anywhere in NYC where there are lots of eager people who want to get into something or buy something which is scarce. Welcome to life in NYC.