From the NY Post:
Like a scene from the Great Depression, about 300 men camped out along four blocks in Queens to get hold of a few precious job applications that won't be handed out until tomorrow.
The first job-seekers started camping out at 4 a.m. Friday, hoping to land employment with the Local 3 Elevator Mechanics Union. Officials will be interviewing 750 applicants for just 100 positions fixing elevators around the city.
Some cooked food on small barbecue grills and slept in tents on the sidewalk on 36th Street in Sunnyside as they waited for the union-hall doors to open at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.
With unemployment in New York state hitting 10 percent last month and some 400,000 people unemployed in the city, some said they weren't surprised that so many people had joined the line of desperation by yesterday afternoon.