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Some Apple enthusiasts traveled from as far away as Scotland and Germany to attend the grand opening of the new store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, across the street from Central Park and the Plaza Hotel.
Gary Allen, from Berkeley, Calif., has been to several Apple grand openings around the world, including two openings in Japan and the opening of the London store. He has been standing (and sitting) in line in front of the Apple store since the wee hours of Thursday morning. He runs a Web site called Ifo Apple Store where he posts a blog about store openings. He is blogging live about the Fifth Avenue grand opening.
Stormy Shippy, 20, from Dallas, is the first person in line at the grand opening of the new Apple store. He was also the first person in line at the London opening, back in November of 2004. Shippy, who owns an Apple PowerBook and an iPod, doesn't consider himself an Apple fanatic, but he says he is an Apple fan. So why is he standing in the rain all night and day? "There's really no explanation why any of us are here," he said. "It's just fun to be here and meet all the other people in line."