best evidence that new yorkers are actually very patient when they want to be (2008)


Most lines in the city are tense: Everyone's got somewhere to be, and the bastards keep cutting in front of you. But six days a week in the summer, the world's happiest queue appears in front of the Joseph Papp Public Theater for SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK—reading newspapers, sipping coffee, chatting with their neighbors, knowing perfectly well they're not going anywhere until 1 p.m. or so. The anti-cutting functionary is even kind enough to let the people at the back know there won't be any tickets left for them.


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