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Kanye West pop-up shop opens in NYC, but good luck getting in

If you're willing to sacrifice valuable hours of your life, you may just be lucky enough to see the inside of Kanye West's pop-up shop at 83 Wooster St.

Like everything good (and bad) in New York City, Kanye's semi-surprise SoHo pop-up is accompanied by the requisite lifetime wait.

Lines were rumored to have started as early as 9:30 on Friday morning, with the news of the shop breaking just Thursday afternoon via Kanye's Twitter.

No less than a dozen NYPD officers were trying to direct traffic and prevent any passersby -- unless able to prove residence on Wooster Street between Broome and Spring Streets -- on the massively crowded, closed off area of SoHo.

Natalia Diaz of the Bronx stood just east of Wooster Street, where the line wrapped around, and said that she'd arrived around 3 p.m. to snag the spot, though hundreds of people seemed to be in front of her. Around 4:45 p.m., she was prepared to wait at least another hour to buy the clothes inside.

But not all the line-stragglers were there to get a piece of Kanye's fashion line. A rumor was circulating that Kanye himself was inside the shop, as he had tweeted a photo of the street around 2 p.m., two hours ahead of the scheduled opening. Many seemed to want to acquire a selfie with Kanye, more so than any piece of his clothing line.

Christian G., a 20-year-old East Village resident who had been waiting since about 4 p.m., noted that an assistant could have tweeted the photo but said, "If I get to meet Kanye, it will be worth it." He planned to wait as long as it took to get inside and wanted to buy clothing "if there is anything left."

As raindrops started to fall, the line shifted up a few feet: Some weren't willing to sacrifice personal comfort to keep up with Kanye.

Polina, a student visiting from England, took advantage of the surge and rushed to join the line along with a friend. "I'm praying he's in there," she said. She was planning to wait as long as it took to get in, and also planned to buy clothes.

Traffic was at a loud, honking standstill as some tried to play Kanye off their iPhones and others tried to negotiate for better spots in line, but it didn't take even a native New Yorker to know that maybe this line was not worth waiting in.

"We just ended up on the wrong street," said an unnamed tourist, looking flustered and evidently distraught at being shouted at by an NYPD officer to "get off the street." She didn't care about seeing Kanye.

Take a peek at the scene, hopefully from somewhere other than Wooster Street.

It looks like a crime scene ...

Is being too famous a crime? Maybe it
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Is being too famous a crime? Maybe it should be.

Note: These people are not in line

The line curves down Broome Street, *NOT* Spring
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

The line curves down Broome Street, *NOT* Spring Street, so be sure to plan appropriately or you'll be stuck walking around the block, wasting valuable minutes of line-waiting time.

This is Broome Street

At 5 p.m., the line was almost down
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

At 5 p.m., the line was almost down to Kate Spade at Greene Street. Editor's note: There is no line to get into Kate Spade, and its New York Fashion Week presentation was notably more fashionable and desirable than Kanye's.

This is the scene down Wooster Street

You can't even see where the pop-up is
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

You can't even see where the pop-up is because of crowds of people. Many of these people appeared to be high schoolers, so if you want to stand in crowds of teenagers this weekend, good luck.

Actually, if you want to wait in line in SoHo this weekend, maybe wait for a Cronut (TM) instead

Dominique Ansel is just down the street! Yum.
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Dominique Ansel is just down the street! Yum.


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