The Professional Line-Sitter

An obituary for the Great Barrier Reef, vintage Nike ads, life as a professional line-sitter and more in our weekly look at the web

Necessity is the mother of invention, and the long lines in NYC—whether you’re attempting to taste a Cronut for the first time or to see popular art installations like the “Rain Room” at MoMA—have bred a new type of startup: line-sitting. Chelsea resident Robert Samuel started his business Same Ole Line Dudes (or SOLD Inc) after losing his job. Now, he endures 19-hour waits and freezing temperatures (for $25 an hour) in his new one. He shares his line-sitting experiences with Racked NY; from the unspoken bathroom code to NYC’s case of FOMO.