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Something Like Beatlemania at the Palisades

British-Irish boy band One Direction signs CDs at Palisades Center

It's a sound that's hard to replicate—or top.

The sound of thousands of girls between the ages of 12 and 18 hollering and roaring in hopes of seeing their musical idols.

In this case, the idols were One Direction, a British-Irish pop band that was signing CDs and inducing swoons at the Palisades Center Tuesday evening.

The bottom floor of the sprawling shopping center was converted into a giant, makeshift queue for fans to line up and await their turn for a signature and quick photo.

Nora Jones, 16-years-old and from Hawthorne, NY, was in line with friends Emily Pisano and Briana Lopes.

"We stayed overnight Saturday to buy the CD, but we didn't get it until 10:30 a.m.," Jones said. "Today we got here at 3:30 p.m.—but I know people who got here at 4:30 a.m."

Amid the cheering, a few choice phrases drifted in and out: "Did you see them?" "He touched my hand;" and—the most calamitous—"my cell phone died before I could take a photo!"

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Mary Reilly Jones contributed to this report.

nyackagain March 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM
They were on Main St. in Nyack Tuesday afternoon...all these parents could have skipped the lines ;) !!
Kevin Zawacki March 14, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Very cool! When the 'Harry Potter' cast came to the Palisades last year for promotions, Emma Watson stopped by the Nyack Farmers' Market.
Deanna Gould March 15, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Where are these events promoted? Palisades center does little to no promotion for the mall.
William Demarest March 15, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Palisades Center mall gives info on upcoming events on its Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/palisadescenter?ref=ts

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