Cake Boss lines: Killing 3 hours

Waiting on Cake Boss line must be very boring

Most days in front of Carlo’s Bakery, you’ll see a line of people waiting to get inside “the set” of the cable TV hit series the Cake Boss. The line has evolved over time, from wrapping around the corner – to now crossing the street by CVS (complete with “crowd coordinators” and walkie talkies).

At peak times, the line has been known to approach three hours – making many Hoboken residents wonder how anyone would endure such a wait just for baked goods, or a chance to see cast members of a TV show. But to each their own.

For those that tried debunking what one Hoboken411 reader said last week – you can see that the sidewalk area is indeed a “labyrinth” to navigate.

How do you kill 3 hours for cake?

Here’s a fun afternoon activity for you:

I picked five people standing on line or nearby Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop in the photo above – and your assignment is to guess what they might have been saying or thinking at the time (click the photo for large version to “study” their facial expressions).

I’ll get the ball rolling with my quick suggestions:

  1. (Kid staring at those girls): “Hmmm – nice butt. I wonder if she’ll turn around?”
  2. (People way at the end of the line): “Hmmph. This line is nothing – I once waited six hours to get Erik Estrada’s signature!”
  3. (Guy who seems dehydrated): “I wouldn’t be on this line if there weren’t bunch of Irish bars nearby. Yummm. Beer and cupcakes.”
  4. (Two girls just hanging out): “Yeah, like, umm – you know, uh… whatever and then she said….”
  5. (Lady on cell phone managing wedgie): “And I said “what do you mean I don’t get a discount for 100 cupcakes?””

Would you wait three hours for cupcakes? Ok, what WOULD you wait three hours for?

19 Responses

  1. whineanddineinhob says:

    Probably the wrong place for this, but has anyone suggested to the bakery to move their lines to Court Street and then up First Street? Seems with their hired help holding walkie talkies, it wouldn’t take them long to advance 10 or 12 people from the alley into the store. This would eliminate the crowds crossing the street by cvs and the farmers market, and certainly on Washington in front of the store.

    • hobokenj says:

      Wouldnt work. The alleys are actually streets for cars, to narrow to have people and cars on them. [quote comment=”195878″]Probably the wrong place for this, but has anyone suggested to the bakery to move their lines to Court Street and then up First Street? Seems with their hired help holding walkie talkies, it wouldn’t take them long to advance 10 or 12 people from the alley into the store. This would eliminate the crowds crossing the street by cvs and the farmers market, and certainly on Washington in front of the store.[/quote]

  2. Evelyn says:

    1, 2, 3, 4 and 5: Nothing I’d be interesting in knowing. Haha!

    Great pic, though.

  3. The Professor says:

    Those might be the girls we saw a few weekends ago making calls to get the boot off their car on Park. I thought the redhead looked like Tori Amos but my wife told me she “actually looked nothing like Tori Amos.” Anyhow, sounded like the blond one was groveling with Dad for a credit card #. Hope the cake was worth it!

  4. iforgotmymantra says:

    Great photo! This really captures the expressions of people. It’s real life…

  5. la-di-da says:

    This is a perfect “living picture,” or as the French would say “tableau vivant.” Though these Cake Boss folk irritate me, this shot reminded me of the times when my parents went out of their way to bring us kids to some place we were dying to go. I see that look on some of their faces.

  6. Jaspor says:

    1. “I wish Dad didn’t make us come to see this stupid baker with horrible tasing baked goods…at least there’s some fine tail to look at..”

    2. “How did I get swallowed up into this line?? I’m just trying to get into CVS!”

    3. “Why the hell is the line so long just to get some flowers?”

    4. “OMG why won’t these stupid street walkers just get out the way so we can stare blindly at the bake shop window…Don’t they know how annoying it is to have to deal with them every day…GAWD!”

    5. “Hey Girl, yeah I’m over at that Carlos Bakery..you know the Cake Boss? I just dun worked out on the treadmills for 20 minutes and I’m ready for my reward..dang I knew I shoulda worn panties…”

  7. sassy lassie says:

    It’s hard to imagine what these people would be thinking. Some may be realizing it wasn’t worth the trip!

  8. emarche says:

    1. “Maybe if I fold my arms and scowl people will think I’m hard…and not just a sap waiting for a delicious pink cupcake.”

    2. “Is this the line for people who like to bitch about everything, but when offered the chance to get off their fat asses and actually change things suddenly lose their voice?”

    3. “There’s no way American’s Most Wanted will find me in this crowd! Uh-oh…is that Chris Hanson?”

    4. “I could eat 10 of those cupcakes and still never be that big.”

    5. “I used to look like those two. Until I ate those cupcakes.”

  9. camel2 says:

    “Excuse me, is this the line for Cake Boss or the Flip-Flop convention?”

  10. Bullbreed333 says:

    Oh this is a nice picture of Ridgewood NJ, wait – this is Hoboken?

  11. hobokendave says:

    Thankfully school starts soon!

    …and I know plenty of old pre show customers who don’t have to wait in line.

    Some would be surprised to know that being nice, friendly and getting to know the names of the staff or can have benefits in multitudes of ways.

  12. mooshu says:

    What I’d wait three hours for: a home-cooked meal or freshly baked something, whether made by me or by someone else.

    And that’s about it.

  13. getz76 says:

    I saw some mom dragging her son and daughter on line this morning. She had the poor boy (must have been between 8- and 10-years-old) dressed up in a shirt and tie and the daughter was in a dress. Have to look your best on that line, just in case you are television, you know… what, 92F and 95% humidity? Who cares?!? Cake Boss!

  14. hobpickles71 says:

    A bunch of out of town fat parents, showing the kids how to be as fat as them. This place is over rated and way over priced. Buddy start spending some of that cash your making and pay for crowd and traffic control.

  15. xyzpdq says:

    #1 – “I’m glad Mayor Zimmer gave me that raise, but I wish she wouldn’t make me stand on this line for her every day.”

    #2 – “Cupcakes? I thought this was the line for Roaring Rapids?”

    #3 – “That Buddy is a scrumptious piece of cake. I hope I get to lick his frosting!”

    #4 – “It sucks that Verizon doesn’t have the iPhone.”

    #5 – “What? You want a large coffee ring, too? Let me see if I have enough money for that hidden in the crack of my a**.”

  16. NotBornButRaised says:

    I can’t think of anything I’d knowingly wait in line for 3 hours for. Especially not in the dog days of summer.

    The only time I can think of that I was on a line similar to this was actually only a few blocks away from here. It was to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze in 1991 (I was only 10). The theater was located across the street from where the police station is now. I think HSBC is there now. The line stretched well around the corner, but everyone was able to get in once the theater opened.

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