The Jersey Shore came to Huntington Village’s Tuesday with hundreds of tweens and teens impersonating the reality TV stars for the book signing by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, author of “A Shore Thing.”
The first customers in line arrived at the store around 9 a.m., according to employees.
“We sold out of our stock. I got in at 2:30 p.m., but people were here way before that. We had over 500 books and we’ve been selling them for about a week,” employee Greg Fox said.
Many teens came with their parents, brought pizza and coffee and donned “poofs” and Ed Hardy apparel for the occasion. One group of girls brought a package of pickles with their Twitter handles, in hopes that Snooki would enjoy the treat and in return follow them.
Elena Ginobbi, 12, of Levittown and Erin Chefalas, 13, of Hicksville, were first on line at the mezzanine level. Ginobbi donned a cast sweatshirt, with the original photo of the cast from season one. Both girls came to meet Snooki and have their books signed, books they haven’t read yet.
“I wanna go to the shore. The show is crazy, just the way they act,” Chefalas said.
Ashley Bua, 18 of Miller Place, Andrew Gasparre, 18 of Lake Grove and Blair Savitsky, 18 of Commack, arrived at 10 a.m. to secure their spot online.
“We’re here because we love Snooki,” Bua said. Saviskty said she was hoping for a picture with the star.
Tina and Jeff Greeneberg, of Flushing brought their 12-year-old son, Nicholas, to the signing and Nicholas also brought a gift for Snooki – a bouquet of roses, complete with sparkly hearts.
The Greenebergs arrived a little after 5 p.m. and said they chose Huntington because they couldn’t make it to her Borders signing in Manhattan nor her appearance in Jersey.
“He watches the show, but you take it for what it is. I’d be embarrassed if my kid was on it. For him though, it’s like how I used to watch cartoons,” Jeff said.
Other parents echoed Jeff’s sentiments, as many waited on the couches for their children to finish the event.
“Kids won’t emulate it. If you know your kids you know they won’t use them as role models,” Cindy Hoffman, of Smithtown, said. Hoffman brought her 17-year-old daughter to the event.