Live Updates from 5th Avenue: News, Events, and More

Our correspondent Mike Rose is on the ground, with transcription support from Erica at the TUAW headquarters. (Apologies for any time confusion; Mike is operating on Eastern Time while I’m on Mountain Time.)

3:58. The scene is chaotic, with spectators and media outnumbering the actual queue. A German fan recognizes Mike’s TUAW shirt.

3:59. The atmosphere is electric as Apple staff make their way to their positions inside the store.

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4:00. The number of camera crews present rivals that of a major political event.

Promoters are busy distributing flyers and setting up PA systems. The crowd is buzzing with anticipation.

4:03. The Apple team emerges, exchanging high-fives with those in line, amidst cheers. It seems they’re all receiving free iPhones, courtesy of Steve Jobs.

4:05. Employees from CBS and the GM building are ending their workday, looking bewildered as they make phone calls to describe the scene.

4:05. “Only in New York!” a passerby comments. Mike disagrees as he points out the bustling scene around the Plaza hotel.

4:07. The first customer exits, triumphantly waving his purchase.

Mike is too far back to reach him for a comment due to the crowd and NYPD presence.

4:09. Mike notes the difficulty of typing rapidly on an iPhone as the crowd begins to disperse slightly. Popsci.com captures the moment on video.

4:11. More shoppers exit, and a police officer reminds the crowd that shopping is an everyday activity, urging them to move along.

4:12. Telemundo reporters arrive on the scene.

4:13. CNBC catches up with a happy new iPhone owner.

4:14. Chaos ensues as media from New Zealand follow another buyer, nearly dropping his new iPhone in the process.

4:16. A crowd gathers to watch the interview with the New Zealand media.

4:18. The queue stretches significantly, snaking past luxury stores and reaching Madison Avenue.

4:19. A peculiar yellow vehicle speeds past as Mike momentarily loses his connection.

4:20. Mike is back online, filming a walkthrough video with those waiting in line.

4:22. The online Apple Store goes offline.

4:25. A TUAW reader points out the irony of CNBC’s live coverage being available only on Windows Media Player.

4:28. The line remains long, with David Pogue giving interviews near the front. Satellite trucks are parked nearby.

4:29. A customer with two iPhones tells Korean TV he feels like he’s won the lottery, while onlookers continue to inquire about the event.

4:30. Nearby, a Starbucks kiosk does brisk business.

4:30. The online Apple Store is set to return at 6 PM PDT.

4:30. Those who have been in line since midnight now have their iPhones and are quickly leaving the area.

4:31. The initial excitement begins to diminish as the event transitions to regular shopping. Photographers edit their shots on Macbook Pros.

4:32. David Pogue showcases his iPhone to the reporters.

4:32. Mike takes a brief break to upload photos.

4:33. Mike enjoys a complimentary coffee as new groups are let into the store every few minutes.

4:34. The queue continues to grow as more people join.

4:35. So far, only one person has recognized the TUAW logo on Mike’s shirt.

4:37. The first unboxing photos appear on Flickr.

4:38. As evening approaches, it grows darker and cooler outside the 5th Ave Apple Store.

4:40. Shawn King, or someone resembling him, gives an interview as rain begins to fall on those still waiting.

4:41. The rain briefly pauses.

4:43. The rain eases to a few drops.

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