Apple Store Fifth Avenue is New York City’s most-photographed attraction

“Researcher Eric Fischer mapped and analyzed millions of photos on flickr that were taken throughout the city and looked at their geo-tagged information — such as time and date they were shot –to determine patterns of interest,” Samantha Murphy reports for TechNewsDaily.

The Top Four:
1. Apple Store Fifth Avenue
2. Rockefeller Center
3. Columbus Circle
4. Times Square

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Ellis D.” for the heads up.]

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8 Comments

  1. I like Apple stores and all that, but this seems to say something about the people who use flickr.
    Then again, the Fifth Avenue store is one of the most iconic pieces of modern architecture at this time. It’s probably more recognizable to the general public than most important structures in the city.
    Still, . . . I would hope that the Statue of Liberty would outrank an Apple store.

    1. the Statue of Liberty might have ranked higher on the list had it not been quarantined by the NSA.

      This store’s facade has become a monument to capitalism in some people’s eyes. To me it’s just Apple being Apple, to John Lennon it would be representative of New York’s skyline of steel and glass.

  2. Suddenly an image comes to mind of the Statue of Liberty cradling an iPad in one arm and holding an iPhone aloft in the other hand.

    Not that I’d really want to see that.

  3. The problem with Statue of Liberty is that it is on a small island, a few miles south of Manhattan. When tourists come to NYC for a weekend, Statue of Liberty often doesn’t make it on their list of sights to see. I have lived in NYC for 20 years now and still haven’t visited it, although I did take the Staten Island Ferry many times, which sails right past the Statue, for a great view of it.

    Meanwhile, the Apple Store 5th Ave is at the most perfect tourist spot; right next to the famous FAO Schwarz store, the Plaza hotel, Central Park (and the Central Park zoo), plus the most prestigious 5th Ave stores are within 3 – 5 blocks (Cartier, Tiffany, Bulgari, Bergdorf Goodman, Luis Vuiton, etc). You walk up the 5th Ave and you end up right at the Apple Store.

    With all other sights that are so famous from TV and films (Empire State building, Chrysler building, as well as the ones that made the top 5 list), it is fascinating that the Apple Store gets the most pictures on Flickr.

    1. Predrag’s comment is exactly right why the 5th Ave Store is more photographed than the SoL. As for the Empire State building and Chrysler building, they are alot harder to photograph. The Cube is very photogenic.

    2. Plus I imagine the Statue of Liberty, Chrysler Building, etc. are shot from a number of locations (if they’re using geo-tagging, it’s the camera’s location that’s being measured — not the attraction’s location).

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