Thousands Gather Throughout NYC For Jackson Memorial Viewing Parties

Michael JacksonAdam Clayton Powell Jr.Apollo TheaterChelsea (Manhattan, New York)

Michael Jackson fans who wanted to pay tribute to the King of Pop, did not necessarily have to travel to Los Angeles to take part in memorial ceremonies Tuesday. Thousands gathered throughout New York City at special viewing parties of Jackson's massive memorial service telecast from the Staple Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Mourners donning single white gloves and red leather jackets assembled in Times Square to watch the emotional public memorial on a big screen that started shortly after 1 PM EDT.

Hundreds more gathered in Harlem at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State office building where the memorial was shown on a giant video screen. The viewing was held just a week after several tributes to Jackson were held at Harlem's Apollo Theater. Jackson was only 9-years-old when he first performed with his brothers at the world famous theater.

"This is like a closure, it's a going-home," one mourner told PIX News outside the Adam Clayton Powell building. "Although it's a great loss, we are here celebrating."

Two movie theaters -- the Clearview Chelsea Theater in Manhattan and The Pavilion in Brooklyn -- also simulcast the public memorial. Admission was free on a first-come, first-served basis.

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