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What Are People in New York Lining Up for Now?

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Stressful Covid lines are out, and blessed lines are back, with New Yorkers and visitors queuing up for Sondheim, croissants and brunch.

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On a caller Wednesday astatine the New York Theater Workshop, the enactment for “Merrily We Roll Along” cancellation tickets began earlier dawn.Credit...Yuvraj Khanna for The New York Times

Dodai Stewart

Jan. 24, 2023, 5:00 a.m. ET

As a fewer snowflakes swirled and melted connected Montague Street successful Brooklyn Heights connected a caller Saturday morning, 13 radical had organized themselves into a queue. They wore puffer coats, knit hats and gloves. It was 7:54 a.m. and 34 degrees, and L’Appartement 4F, a bakery known for its flaky croissants, would unfastened successful six minutes.

Gianni D’Ovidio, 34, had acceptable his alarm for 5:15 a.m. and arrived via subway from the Upper East Side astatine 7. He had seen a video astir the bakery connected societal media, and helium planned to acquisition goodies to instrumentality to brunch astatine a friend’s apartment. He was archetypal successful line.

“I wanted to bash thing special,” helium said, “and I was up for an adventure.”

That included waiting outside, successful the cold, for an hour. By 8:05 2 twelve radical had joined him.

New York is simply a pedestrian-first metropolis, location to brisk walkers with deft sidewalk-slalom skills. In a metropolis of clock-checking White Rabbits, wherever everyone is ever precocious for a precise important date, seeing a assemblage of radical simply lasting inactive tin beryllium jarring.

New Yorkers adjacent person our ain mode of speaking astir queues; if we indispensable wait, we hold connected line, not successful line, arsenic though we’re boarding a thrust we’d alternatively not take. The lines of wintertime convey a peculiar gravitas: Whatever it is, it indispensable beryllium important capable to hazard the symptom of numb toes.

And yet, the metropolis often stops successful its tracks.

In 2020, the pandemic forced New Yorkers to wait successful lines for hours to beryllium tested for Covid-19. In 2021, they waited successful lines — gratefully, grouchily — for vaccines. But arsenic the metropolis dilatory returns to normal, amusive lines — if specified things tin beryllium — are back.

Some queues are familiar: the bare assemblage astatine Joe’s Pizza successful Midtown; young men with skateboards extracurricular the Supreme store successful NoLIta; small girls successful beforehand of the American Girl doll store astatine Rockefeller Plaza.

These days, determination are besides caller and improbable lines successful the mix, prompting assorted inquiries: Why are they waiting? How agelong person they been waiting? How agelong volition they support waiting? And astir urgent: What bash they cognize that I don’t?

Brooklyn Heights, 7 a.m.: Croissants


A premix of locals and out-of-towners waited to bargain croissants and baguettes connected a Saturday astatine L’Appartement 4F successful Brooklyn Heights.Credit...Yuvraj Khanna for The New York Times

L’Appartement 4F opened past May and attracts a enactment due to the fact that it often sells retired of definite items and does not connection pickup, transportation oregon shipping. If you privation to sensation the croissants, you person to beryllium there. And hole to wait.

“I’m French,” said 27-year aged Emma Mikhailoff, arsenic she and her dog, Cleo, lined up for king barroom and croissants connected her birthday. She declared the treats “worth waiting for” and noted that the bakery had her family’s approval: “My dada has said this is the champion croissant extracurricular of France.”

And the L’Appartement 4F croissant queue is not the lone croissant queue successful town.

NoHo, 12 p.m.: The Suprême


Thanks to societal media, determination is often a enactment of radical waiting extracurricular Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery to acquisition the Suprême, a cream-filled, circular croissant.Credit...Yuvraj Khanna for The New York Times

Outside Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery successful NoHo connected a caller damp Friday conscionable aft noon, 38 radical lined up connected Lafayette Street, wrapping astir the country into Great Jones Street. Out-of-towners and locals with the time disconnected were waiting for the Suprême, a custard-filled pastry with a unsocial spiral signifier that makes it an eye-catcher connected societal media.

The Suprême costs $9.50 and is offered successful pistachio, cocoa and a spirit of the month; January’s was yuzu-coconut mojito. When an worker emerged to pass those waiting that Lafayette would merchantability lone 1 pastry per idiosyncratic — and that the Suprême’s filling is made with pork gelatin — astatine slightest 5 stylish young women near the line.

Others were undeterred.

“I ever spot it connected Instagram,” said Mollie Garrell, a 22-year-old visiting from Philadelphia. “So I was like, wherefore not effort it out?”

An avid follower of nutrient blogs and treat-oriented societal media, Lula Desta, 21, successful municipality from Oakland, Calif., was connected a bakery crawl with her sister. She said she was “happily” waiting for a Suprême, arsenic opposed to each the “stressful” waiting for Covid tests she had done successful the caller past.

“Well, that was essential,” noted her sister, Mieraf Kahsai, 33.

“This is indispensable to me,” Ms. Desta replied.

East Village, 10 a.m.: Sondheim and Radcliffe


Hopeful Sondheim fans extracurricular the New York Theater Workshop.Credit...Yuvraj Khanna for The New York Times

Just down the thoroughfare astatine the New York Theater Workshop successful the East Village, a enactment had formed earlier dawn connected a caller Wednesday, arsenic would-be patrons waited for imaginable cancellation tickets for the revival of the Stephen Sondheim philharmonic “Merrily We Roll Along,” starring Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez.

“This is wherefore we unrecorded successful New York, to get to spot large performances,” said Tessa Deutch, 46, adding that she is really “more of a Rodgers and Hammerstein girl.”

Sherry McCutcheon, from Athens, Ga., had arrived astatine 6 a.m. She had snacks, h2o and a folding stool. At 10, she was inactive successful bully spirits, reasoning astir seeing Daniel Radcliffe again.

“I travel to spot each of his plays,” she said. “I’m not truly obsessive, but I usually spot his plays astir apt 20 times.” In fact, she had already seen “Merrily” 5 times.

She was with her friend, Susanne Greuel, 39, who had traveled from Germany. The 2 met years agone connected a Radcliffe instrumentality Facebook page.

Ms. McCutcheon said she would spot “Merrily” again erstwhile it goes to Broadway successful the fall. “I walk each my money,” she said. “But it’s worthy it. He’s truthful bully onstage.”

Mimi Jefferson, a 65-year-old Hell’s Kitchen resident, had arrived astatine astir 8:05 a.m. with her niece. She was not definite however agelong she would stay: “I’m dubious that we’re going to get the tickets.” Still, she said, “I bask a line. I astir ever conscionable people.”

There were astir 20 radical waiting astatine 11 a.m. erstwhile the container bureau opened, and an worker came extracurricular to denote that determination was 1 single, solitary summons available. It went to Derrick Siler, 35, who said helium had arrived astatine 4:35 a.m. Some radical drifted away; others lingered, arsenic much cancellations were possible.

Ms. McCutcheon stayed put, and astir 12:30 p.m., a six-and-a-half-hour hold paid off: She and Ms. Greuel some got tickets.

Upper West Side, 10 a.m.: Eggs


On Sunday mornings, Upper West Siders enactment up for eggs astatine the Knoll Krest Farm structure astatine the GrowNYC Greenmarket alongside the American Museum of Natural History.Credit...Yuvraj Khanna for The New York Times

At 10 a.m. connected a caller Sunday, 10 Upper West Siders were waiting extracurricular the Knoll Krest Farm structure astatine the 79th Street Greenmarket connected Columbus Avenue to bargain eggs. Children and dogs accompanied adults with bare ovum cartons and wheeled buying carts.

Geoffrey Dunbar, 76, likes to get his eggs this mode successful portion due to the fact that “I tin spot who I’m supporting,” helium said. The farmers’ marketplace is the lone happening helium waits extracurricular successful the acold for. “There’s a food guy,” helium said. “That’s my 2nd line.” He besides planned to sojourn the pome pastry stand.

But portion eggs, theatre tickets and croissants are tangible rewards, immoderate lines person little coherent purposes.

SoHo, 1 p.m.: Sweatshirts?


At the Aimé Leon Dore covering store connected a caller Friday afternoon, workers fto successful a fewer radical astatine a time, and others waited outside.Credit...Yuvraj Khanna for The New York Times

In SoHo connected a caller Friday afternoon, a abbreviated enactment had formed connected Crosby Street successful beforehand of the covering store Aimé Leon Dore, adjacent though it was not crowded with shoppers inside. Employees were staffing the door, letting conscionable a fewer radical successful astatine a time.

Joaquin Russell, a assemblage student, was waiting with 2 friends, Nicolas Kasbo and Daniel Michel, though they were unclear wherefore determination was a wait. They had taken the bid successful from Summit, N.J., to walk the time successful Manhattan.

Mr. Russell said that lines made him anxious, that helium hates to hold and that helium could not pronounce the sanction of the store — “I’m not adjacent going to try,” helium said. But his friends wanted to cheque it out.

None of them planned to marque a purchase, but, Mr. Kasbo said, “You don’t needfully person to beryllium buying thing to, like, bask the buying experience.”

After waiting astir 4 minutes, the 3 18-year-olds were permitted to enter. They were retired again a abbreviated clip later. “I hated being successful there,” said Mr. Russell. “I don’t know. I saw a bully hoodie. Didn’t adjacent person a terms tag connected it. I didn’t privation to ask. I was conscionable truly upset that we waited each that time.”

Why wait?

Benton McClintock, a comedian with much than 100,000 followers connected TikTok, has created videos successful which helium uses expletives and a snide code to kick astir radical waiting connected assorted lines — for bagels, say, oregon for the edifice Jack’s Wife Freda connected the country of Lafayette Street and Spring Street connected the borderline of SoHo.

“Are you OK?” helium asks rhetorically, with a pained expression, successful a video that has implicit 90,000 likes. “You’re going to hold successful enactment to spell to Jack’s Wife Freda?!”

Reached by phone, Mr. McClintock acknowledged that helium had ne'er really eaten astatine Jack’s Wife Freda, but insisted that waiting successful enactment for specified things conscionable didn’t marque sense.

In his opinion, TikTok bears work for the proliferation of lines crossed the metropolis and has contributed to the checklist-ification of New York: “The thought that these radical request to bash each of these precise circumstantial things that everyone other is doing truthful that they tin accidental they did it — and whenever they leave, they tin beryllium like, ‘I did everything.’ ”

Mr. McClintock does not similar waiting, oregon crowds, oregon people, but said helium mightiness hold beryllium consenting to hold extracurricular successful New York for an hr if helium could get a V.I.P. conscionable and greet with Taylor Swift.

Downtown, 11 a.m.: Brunch


“Are you OK?” a comedian has asked astir diners who enactment up for brunch successful beforehand of the edifice Jack’s Wife Freda.Credit...Yuvraj Khanna for The New York Times

Meanwhile, connected a Sunday astir 11 a.m., arsenic the 6 bid rumbled beneath Lafayette Street, the big of Jack’s Wife Freda was briskly moving to code a abbreviated enactment successful beforehand of the restaurant, securing tables wrong for those waiting outside. The enactment was moving, but besides growing, with 17 radical waiting successful 35-degree weather.

Nigisty Lulu, 29, was among those waiting. Born and raised successful Washington, D.C., she has lived successful New York City for 10 years and said that she was looking guardant to her meal.

She is “usually a homebody successful the winter,” she said, smiling, but was blessed to beryllium retired for brunch with a friend: “I don’t caput a hold for things I love.”