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Apple Store Fifth Avenue Grand Opening Roundup

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

My dear loyal readers, here’s my official Apple Store Fifth Avenue Grand Opening Roundup. Just because some of you were asking for it.

First things first, the official Quicktime slideshow can be found by clicking on the image below.

Fifth Ave Apple Store logo
The images begin when my accomplice and I emerge from the 59th Street Subway station just before 9pm, walk around the cube in awe (notice the backwards Apple logo), try to find the end of the line going into the store and literally refused to believe that the line stretched from the store entrance, past the south side of FAO Schwartz all the way around the block to 59th and Madison. The hired security guards couldn’t believe that the line stretched that far, and we overheard one guard exclaiming to another at 59th & Madison. “It ends here?!?”

We then decided to walk around the neighborhood to find a deli or something like that rather than brave the line since getting a t-shirt was out of the question. After our walk, we traveled back to the Apple Store and found that the line was only halfway down the block, so we decided to get in line at about 10:20pm. We really were only in line for maybe 40 minutes (it seemed faster, the weather was nice and people were friendly and yes, we are in the time lapse video) until we actually got inside the store. You can see our progression in the pics. Also check out the Apple Store employees cheering folks going in and out of the store. As we walked in, one employee called out, “Welcome to Apple!”

The store, as I wrote before, was a madhouse as you can see in the pictures. We stayed for about an hour and forty five minutes and aside from seeing celebrities (see the Quicktime for Chappelle), I got to talk to a few Mac-owning folks, tried out a MacBook Pro and a MacBook (check out the MacBook pic) and oh yes went up on the elevator when we were leaving. While I managed to get an Airport Express, I did dissuade the accomplice from getting a MacBook Pro that night, if anything because of the premium of the NYC sales tax and the need for a cab ride back to the 33rd Street PATH Station.

Anyway, one very tired and fun filled evening. Didn’t get back home until 5:30am.

[tags]Apple, Apple Store, Cult of Mac, All the cool kids, black plastic framed glasses[/tags]

Inside the 5th Ave Apple store

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Sorry about the page widening non-images. I can’t apparently send images from my phone. But all is well now.

It is a mad house inside, but people are great. I’ve had a number of people come up and just start talking to me. Currently typing this on a lunchtray - 17 inch MacBook Pro.

Have a great rest of the night kids.

[tags]Apple, Apple Store, Cult of Mac, black plastic framed glasses [/tags]

in line now

Friday, May 19th, 2006

well since I last blogged my accomplice and I decided to walk around rather than be in a very long line. Having taken in the sights and gotten some starbucks we resolved to take a few pics from across the street. We had a few folks come up to us and ask what is going on. At one point, a few apple employees wandered by and marveled about the fuss. CELEB WATCH: the guy from Saturday Night Live & Nickelodeon & Snakes On A Plane Kenan just walked by. JUST A FEW MORE MINUTES AND WE ARE IN.

THE ACCOMPLICE IS THREATENING TO GET A MACBOOK PRO TONIGHT. Updates pending.

oh my god the line

Friday, May 19th, 2006

oh my god the line is at least a city block long _ wraps all the way to Madison ave. weather is nice people are cheery.

moblog

Friday, May 19th, 2006

On the way to the Fifth Avenue Apple Store. Left work and got on the road. ETA about 2 hours. Hope to moblog later but my phone was a tad flaky earlier today. (Phone story to follow later.)

mobloggin

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

mobloggin

Update and explanation: I’m testing my mobile blogging capabilities, so you’re going to see posts appear and disappear while I figure it out. So far I have seen that I can post from my phone, just don’t know how long the posts can be.

New Apple Store in Ardmore

Monday, May 8th, 2006

Maybe I can’t get Radiohead tickets, but at least I get emails about the Grand Opening of the Apple Store in Ardmore, PA.

Now there will be no less than three Apple stores within reasonable driving distance, including King of Prussia, PA and the home of Tax Free shopping, Christiana, DE.

I need spellcheck

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

Why is it that I can look at a word I wrote for weeks and not realize that I misspelled it?

Radiohead! In! Philly!

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Radiohead is scheduled to play Philadelphia the beginning of June. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning.

Unfortunately, the Philly venue is small and there’s no presale tickets available.

If I can’t get tickets tomorrow, only if I could convince someone to go to Bonnaroo with me…

[tags]music, Radiohead, Philadelphia, ticketmaster is evil incarnate[/tags]

Update 05/06/06: Tickets? oh hahahahaha. I was on ticketmaster.com at 10 am this morning. I reloaded and watched when the radiohead tickets went from being not on sale yet to being sold to being sold out in less than 10 minutes online.

What ticks me off is that there were tickets on ebay and stubhub.com *PRIOR* to the 10am sale today. How did these morons get tickets to scalp at ridiculous prices? I was seeing tickets anywhere from $200 to a pair of pit tickets at $1700. No, I didn’t misplace the decimal there.

new blog search engine

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Sphere is a new blog search engine in the same vein of technorati or blogdigger.

The service needs quite a bit of some work, but hopefully it will give the folks at technorati a good run for their money in the future.

[tags]blog search[/tags]

New Apple Ads

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

found here. Walt Mossberg is even quoted in one!

fantasy football, indeed

Monday, May 1st, 2006

NFL football would be much more interesting if teams signed accomplished athletes like him. I, for one, will be looking forward to football season this year. ;-)