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Friday, August 22, 2021

I really hate to invoke the over-used phrase “only in New York”, but, well, where else could you make a living from being a professional line-sitter?

[William] Conklin, 32, has stood in line for free movie passes, a Gene Simmons book signing, and the first and second comings of the iPhone. Lately, he’s made a tidy sum off people too impatient or too busy to wait in line for free tickets to “Hair” at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

For $150, Mr. Conklin’s ad on Craig’s List promises, he will deliver two tickets at about 1:30 p.m. on the day of the show (the first 650 or so people in line outside the theater get up to two tickets each at 1 p.m.) Some days, Mr. Conklin gets so many requests that he has to turn people away, even though he subcontracts to other line-sitters. “The weekends are insane,” he said…

His business has not slowed down too much, since he also hires others to stand in line for him, splitting the $150 fee. He can handle perhaps a half-dozen clients a day.

Lots of hustle, obviously, and no guarantee of a steady income. Still, if your situation cleaves to it, there are worse occupations.

I was supposed to get in on a ticket for Public Theater’s production of “Hair” one of these weekends, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Maybe we should have engaged Conklin’s squat-a-spot services.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 08/22/2008 12:42:05 PM
Category: New Yorkin'
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