MANHATTAN - Hundreds of people waited in line for a chance to meet new Mayor Bill de Blasio as he opened the doors of Gracie Mansion to the public today.

City officials say its the first public open house and meet-and-greet a New York City mayor has done in years.

Some people stood in line for close to three hours to meet de Blasio. Hot chocolate and cider were also handed out to the guests.

Those from the outer boroughs say they wanted to meet de Blasio as representatives of their neighborhoods, saying the outer boroughs' needs have been ignored for too long.