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NEW YORK (AP) - New Yorkers came by the thousands to meet new Mayor Bill de Blasio at his official Manhattan mansion. And each got an assembly-line photo with the newly minted mayor.

They came Sunday dressed in everything from a tuxedo and a sable coat to rugged winter boots and jeans.

In an unprecedented gesture, de Blasio opened Gracie Mansion to the people of his city. After a handshake, he wrapped his hand around each person's shoulders for a digital photo to be sent to them later.

Five thousand people pre-registered online for the mayor's open house. Then, on Sunday, they waited for hours in the winter chill for a face-to-face encounter with de Blasio by a fireplace.

He told one girl she should remember that the mayor's mansion was "the people's house."

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