Lines out door, around corner for BlackBerry Storm

The day has come, the time is near, and RIM's BlackBerry Storm has arrived in a store near you. So what kind of reception are we looking at here -- a mile-long frenzy like that for the Apple iPhone 3G, or the collective sigh for the T-Mobile G1?

The day has come, the time is near, and RIM's BlackBerry Storm has arrived in a store near you. So what kind of reception are we looking at here -- a mile-long frenzy like that for the Apple iPhone 3G, or the collective sigh for the T-Mobile G1?

Somewhere in the middle, it seems.

I took a stroll around a couple of New York's hot spots to see what kind of turnout the first touchscreen BlackBerry would receive at local Verizon Wireless stores.

Here's what I saw:

First Stop: Upper East Side, 73rd St. and 3rd Ave.

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This neighborhood is known for being home to New York's blue-blood establishment, but that didn't stop the nation's second-richest ZIP code from standing politely in line for the Storm at 10:30 a.m.

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First Stop: Upper East Side, 73rd St. and 3rd Ave. 

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The line was moving at a pretty good clip, but it kept its length pretty consistent.

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First Stop: Upper East Side, 73rd St. and 3rd Ave. 

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Sure is a cold day to stand outside in New York. Today's forecast? High of 36, with a 30% chance of snow flurries.

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First Stop: Upper East Side, 73rd St. and 3rd Ave.  

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This store did a pretty good job of promoting the Storm, with a big poster facing the avenue.

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Second Stop: East Village, 14th St. and 2nd Ave.

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This store was pretty barren, but it didn't look like it was in on the Storm promotion.

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Third Stop: Union Square, 17th St. and Broadway

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Union Square sits atop several subway lines, so I expected to see a line out the door at this location. I was clearly correct in this assumption.

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Third Stop: Union Square, 17th St. and Broadway

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Any Verizon store with red and white balloons was a dead ringer for a Storm center. (No pun intended.)

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Third Stop: Union Square, 17th St. and Broadway

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People could be overheard discussing how they were waiting in line to get in the store...and wait in a different line.

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Third Stop: Union Square, 17th St. and Broadway

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By noon, this line was fairly sizeable. Perhaps a few customers wanted soup, sandwich and Storm?

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