Things we stand in line for in NYC. That’s Cray Cray!


We who live here in NYC spend an awful lot of time standing around in lines waiting for things. I’ll admit, at times I am one of those fools too, but as I am getting older (and more wiser) I have to say that I just don’t have the patience for it anymore. I mean, if it’s for something extremely worthwhile such as free concert tickets or to a special event that just might entice me. Otherwise, don’t expect me to waste hours of my precious time on a slow moving line with a bunch of other noobs for anything. We are a fast paced city here. We act and move quickly. We hustle. Why anyone would lose precious sleep or time to wait for certain things on long ass lines just goes to show the extent some will go through. Call it nutty, call it absurd, just don’t call it logical. Some of these people are totally Cray Cray!

The movies are one. Why do people here in NYC feel the need to wait on mega long lines just to go see a popular movie on opening night? That is the worst time to go. Plus, the theater is packed with annoying people who won’t shut up, have their phones on during the movie, obnoxious little kids, crying babies, and there is usually the freakishly tall person who just happens to take the seat right in front of you. Thanks for blocking my view Gigantaur! Buy your tickets on-line or in advance and wait a few days. Even better, just wait a few weeks and it will be on DVD!


Cronuts. Really, what the eff is this stupidity. It’s a friggin’ deep fried croissant/doughnut with frosting. People are actually camping out overnight, losing sleep, and getting up at 5am to wait on line to get a few of these precious belly bombs. WTF is wrong with this picture? AMURRICA!!! You won’t see me losing any sleep or time on this stupid fatty fad that will die away hopefully quickly. Damn, I’m more excited that Twinkies are back!

I’m sorry, but no restaurant meal is worth waiting hours in line for. I see it almost every week here in NYC, especially during weekend brunch. The hordes of sheep anxiously waiting for up to three hours to have eggs, bacon, and pancakes served to them in a trendy atmosphere along with the rest of the baby carriage mommy crowd and hipster brethren. Sure, there are amazing spots to enjoy a meal here in NYC and so many ethnic varieties too. Yet, that’s the thing. There are literally a thousand good places to have a meal. Why do these people keep waiting in lines for the same overhyped restos week after week? Personally, if I have to wait in a long line early in the morning without any coffee for a few hours just to get something to eat I will literally strangle someone.  Coffee dammit!!!


Do people still wait on line to get into nightclubs? Are you shitting me? The bridge and tunnel crowd can wait all night behind those velvet ropes hoping the asshole doorman or snotty lady with the guest list clipboard actually will even acknowlege they are there and let them in before the place closes at 4am. Now, there was a time when I used to come into the city and wait on those lines. Then, I started to realize most of these places really suck. They are not all that, and are way overpriced for cover charges and drinks. Guess what? There are a ton of great bars and pubs in the city that let you walk right in! Much cheaper too to get your drink on. Plus, there are actually cool people in them, decent music with killer jukeboxes, and usually without the meathead douchebag factor! Yo bro! That’s cray!

Free stuff. Hey, we all like free. Who doesn’t? If there is a chance to save some dough I am all about it. Except when I am forced to stand in a god awful line for it. Why do normal mild mannered New Yorkers get all bat shit cray cray when it come to free stuff being handed out. I see it all around the city whenever a stand pops up on a corner handing out free food or the newest drink sensation as a promotion. You would think these people have never seen food before! People pushing and shoving to move forward in the line.  Also, the line appears out of nowhere. It’s like a silent dog whistle goes off and people stop in their tracks to run to these lines. Get a grip people. It’s only a stick of gum, candy bar, or soft drink. Sheesh! It’s like watching the Walking Dead converge on human prey!


The worst thing to ever wait in line for? The DMV. Hands down. This is a special place that I fondly refer to as “Satan’s Asshole” and deserves it’s own blog post which will be written at another time. Now that’s scary stuff. Talk about Cray Cray.

50 thoughts on “Things we stand in line for in NYC. That’s Cray Cray!”

  1. Definitely agree on the line waiting, and in New York there are so many excellent choices it would take a lifetime to even visit each once… but then… what did you mention in a recent Post about FREE BEER, yes, that one…perhaps.

    1. Hey Peggy!

      Now, Free Beer is a special line waiting experience. As long as it’s not crappy Bud or Coors. I won’t wait in line unless it’s for a good craft brew. Mmmm….beeeerrrrr.

      I am trying to hit each restaurant in NYC. Should have it all wrapped up by 2186 or so……

    1. Hey Lanthie!

      Usually the post office is the worst here. My hair literally goes gray when waiting in line here. No wonder people who work there “go postal”!

    1. Hey Markeya!

      LOL! You mad bro? You mad? You know good food and restos. Some are worth a short wait, but most not when it comes to an hour or more. I wanna eat now!

  2. Eek! Things I’ll stand in line for (by line I define it to mean more than a 10-15 min wait)? Roller coasters/haunted houses–though if it goes longer than 30-45 min, it’s questionable unless I’m with a large group. That’s about it, actually. The DMV lets us schedule appointments, thank goodness!

    1. Hey Kitt!

      I agree if it’s a short 10-15 minute wait that is do-able. Not over an hour or more as that gets cray cray!

      I thought the DMV is a haunted house?

  3. I’ve never heard of Cronuts but if you send me a few I’ll let you know if I think they’re worth standing in line for. You’re welcome.

  4. Who has Cronuts? I’ve never heard of them but they do sound delish! I hate waiting in lines for dinner especially here in Dallas. We have crap loads of good restuarants and no need to wait in line. I will however wait in Sprinkles for a cupcake.

    1. Hey Holli!

      Cronuts are some new donut fad here in NYC that I am sure will be everywhere soon. I am with you on the restaurants – too many options and no reason to wait on lines. It’s crazy to me. Hey, we have Sprinkles here too. No lines and delish cupcakes!

  5. Love it! I almost always refuse to wait in a long line. I can’t think of too many things that are worth it.

    1. Hey Alexandra!

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Glad you liked this one. Most things are not worth waiting in super long lines for, and usually overhyped. Yet, I know many that still so it.

  6. I must admit that I want to try a Cronut. But there’s no way in hell that I’m going to wait in a ridiculous long line to try this fad. I figure there are going to be bakeries and other shops trying to replicate this sweet eat soon enough so I’ll try it then.

    1. Hey Jessica!

      Funny – I want to try one too but I have no patience to waste hours in line for one! Give it a few months and no one will be on those lines anymore.

  7. Ugh for DMV. I am terrible about waiting in lines. I buy my movie tickets ahead of time and generally won’t stay if a restaurant is going to hand me one of those pagers. However, a new donut place opened up recently and this weekend they are having an everything is gluten-free day. There’s going to be lines. People go cray cray for the special diet donuts!!! Me, included. 🙂

    1. Hey Coleen!

      I hear ya on that! We also purchase the tickets on Fandango or days in advance at the box office. Too many places to eat good here so I won’t wait on lines either. Maybe for a good donuts I would. Maybe.

      LOL at you using cray cray! Love it! 🙂

  8. I have only been in NYC once, just passing through. I wish I would have had more time to check out the various ethnic neighborhoods & foods.

    I grew up in a suburb of Dallas. I think that maybe “The Rat Race” in Dallas is more of a “Rat Crawl” compared to New York City. 😉

    Cool post, Bro!

    1. Hell Fearless!

      If ever back in NYC you must check out the many ethnic places to chow down at. To me, the smaller local joints have just as good food at better prices. Waiting on a short line for these are worth it.

      At least you have some great BBQ down around Dallas!

      1. You got the outstanding BBQ Thing right!

        I have traveled all over Texas searching for fishin’ holes and found that the BEST BBQ in the History of BBQ is a place in the Middle of Nowhere where the “restaurant” is barely bigger than a tool shed. I miss that stuff.

        I shall endeavor to take my wife and two little girls to the Big Apple some day soon. Maybe we can meet up and I’ll buy you supper.

        1. We have family in San Antonio so we usually head over to Rudys or do a weekend in Hill Country. So many little holes that make killer BBQ out there.

          Yeah, NYC has become a big tourist destination. Lots to see and eat here!

  9. Really? So regular NYC people stand in line for stuff, not tourists? I could see myself standing in line (I haven’t heard any southerners say on line) for a restaurant that was said I HAD to try. But forget it with the movies. If you jailbreak your iPad you can wait for the movie to come out on THAT forget DVD. I’m so glad the renewal of my iPhone does not coincide with the release date because I could see myself being one of THOSE people. And I hate the DMV. I wrote a post about going to DMV and I probably used the reference about being # two million in line. I HATE that place – you stay in there so long you smell like DMV when you come out.

    1. Hey Kenya!

      Yup, even the real New Yorkers wait on many lines. Especially for hot restaurants. We do love our food here.

      For movies, um, no. I’ll wait a week after it comes out to see it when the annoying crowds die down. Also, the DMV is where our dreams go to die. LOL at the DMV smell!

    1. Hey Christy!

      They are a new doughnut fad that will hopefully die soon when everyone starts to duplicate them. That, and when people realize how dumb it is to wait on long lines for these things.

  10. I waited in a lot of lines when I was younger, but now that I’m older no way 🙂 I agree 100 percent about the breakfast thing too. My mother in law made us wait 3 hours once to eat and I almost had a complete meltdown. Luckily it was before kids because that would not fly now!

    1. Hello Ann!

      Even without having kids three hours is torture to wait. I think it comes with getting older that we lose patience to wait on stupid lines. With age comes wisdom, right?

  11. I won’t stand in line for nothing, lol. I don’t have the patience. And when sitting in the movies, I hate it when someone with a big head sits in front of me and blocks the view.

    1. Hey Susana!

      That always happens to us at the movies. We usually switch seats to get a better view. There is always that one person….

      And yes, waiting in long lines suck!

  12. As I get older I am always reminded that ‘youth is wasted on the young!’ As for lines, I try to avoid them at ALL COSTS – I am sucked into lines with my kids, usually. Traffic can be a line of course and I don’t miss it…. it is cray cray!

  13. I don’t know why people queue up like mad for certain things. I usually see it when there’s a new gadget/mobile or a big massive sale. It’s a nightmare experience. By the time you get inside the shop after waiting for days sleeping rough, everyone is fighting for the goods. Naa, not me. I only get to see some films when there’s on the TV, ‘better late than never’. I can still pick up a bargain long after everyone’s been crushed to death too 🙂

    In 2013 I can understand why people queue for free samples of food and drink. It’s the economic downturn. Nobody has spare money, so a freebie to eat is a blessing mate. It’s unbelievable and shocking how many foodbanks have popped up around my area but that’s another story.

    1. Hello Rum Punch!

      Sometimes I feel the same as you. Wait it out for a few days or a week. Hoopla and lines die down and it becomes a civilized experience. Avoid the crush!

      Hey, I get the free food and drink thing. Free eats are a bonus! Especially for those really in need of help.

  14. I went to see the most recent Batman like a week after it opened, and they were having people line up outside on the street after they bought their tickets, even though the movie wasn’t sold out, just so it would look like there was a long line for the movie.

    1. Hey Jill!

      Well, that is a crock of shizz! The old smoke and mirrors game. Trying to build excitement and lure more sheep in. I have seen places do that when it’s raining hard out too. And people will still wait in it! Sheep!

  15. The only thing worth standing in line for on this list is the pastry…sorry:-) But don’t waste your time on the cronut…go with the FRENCH DONUT…same thing, different name, shorter line, and tastes like heaven!

    1. Hey Jess!

      Sounds like good advice! I just don’t get the cronut thing. Some New Yorkers are like sheep. Soon, that trend will be over and another will start up.

      Baaaaa, Baaaaa!

  16. Oh do I HATE waiting in line. But we all do it.

    You are right about the movies. That is just lack of sense control — I will never again wait in a line like that for a movie. Or a club for that matter *sigh* I feel le old saying that. But it’s how I feel. Some people are indeed cray.

    I’d like add: Secretary of States office. I have heard horror stories of my friends waiting there to legally change their surnames to their new husband’s name. This makes me cringe. Nice post, Phil! Now make your own damn coffee in the morning 🙂

    1. Hey Jean!

      Sometimes we have no choice!

      I never see big movies on opening weekends. That’s madness!

      Same goes for over rated clubs. I’d rather hit up a great beer bar or fun pub with friends. It’s a matter of being wiser, not older! 😉

      Glad you liked. Now I’m headed off to make some coffee!

  17. Cronuts? Now this sounds delicious but I’m with you on nothing being worth waiting in line too long for. I just don’t do lines. You’d think we’d be able to do EVERYTHING online that normally is at the DMW.

    1. Hey Kate!

      There are few things I will wait in stupidly long lines for. One is cronuts. Free beer maybe. The DMV is a nightmare but the express office we have here isn’t too bad. I’m just not a line person anymore.

  18. Hey Phil,

    I hhhhate standing in long lines. I had an appointment last week, and when I arrived at the office, the line was out the door. I was like, “Forget this, I’m out”. I left. Dinner, movie tickets, amusement park lines, the post office, traffic… I hate it. I had to swallow a hard pill last month, and stand in a line for Wicked tickets. After the show, the wait was worth it, but beforehand. I left and came back the next day. I had to be prepared for that wait.


    1. Hey Carica!

      I have also done that when seeing a long line. I turn around and bail. Sometimes you do have to suck it up and stand on line but it better be worth it!

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