Manhattan residents organize protest over future Apple Retail Store

“Despite the Apple stores’ award-winning architecture, their revenue generation and employment opportunities, a group of Manhattan (NYC) residents is circulating a petition to block the opening of the future Upper East Side Apple store, calling it ‘the wrong store in the wrong place,” Gary Allen reports for ifoAppleStore.

“The residents say the store will create a ‘serious disruption’ for their quiet residential community, with long lines of customers on narrow sidewalks, overnight camp-outs for new products, delivery truck congestion and street vendor food carts crowding the area,” Allen reports. “They are pursuing a solution through city government for now, but warn of future street demonstrations to support their cause.”

“Apple has already obtained the necessary permits for the store, and interior construction is well underway inside a 1921-era limestone building on Madison Avenue at 74th Street that was once a bank, art gallery and luxury retailer VBH,” Allen reports. “The store could open this fall, perhaps before Thanksgiving. So far, over 325 people have signed the anti-store petition, and movement coordinator George Osborne says he expects to reach 500 signatures soon. ‘This has been a quiet residential neighborhood for decades,’ Osborne says, ‘and Apple is perceived as about to change all that.’ Apple will not be ‘an attractive neighbor,’ the group’s petition claims. ‘The reality is, there is no reason this store should be allowed to open its doors and create the kind of disruption to the neighborhood that will follow.'”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

41 Comments

      1. Besides, the premise of the complaint if double false. Not only Madison Avenue is not really quiet much, but also Apple’s store is not going to kill sideways (Apple releases iPhones once per year, no point of lines outside the story at other times), and the cargo trucks are not going to be frequent, too (Apple’s goods are small and pricey, so small quantity of truck trips generates huge turnover).

        1. That neighborhood is one of the richest handful in the world! I’m an activist in NYC, and it makes me chuckle to imagine those blue blood rich Upper East Siders pulling out protest signs and marching in the street. 🙂

    1. And only a couple of dozen blocks from the flagship 5th Ave store. Easy NY walk. Besides, all the crazy lines are on 5th- plenty of coverage. An obviously retail area, permit already acquired, construction begun, typical nimby over- and late- reaction.

      1. What such articles NEVER EVER mention is that these protestors had their chance to speak their minds and apply pressure when the decision came up before the city council. There was no rezoning required, so the area was already a retail area. It’s so annoying to have the claims of protesters repeated without any analysis of their claims — it makes the reporters look like idiots…:)

  1. I assume that the bank, art gallery, and luxury retailer formerly occupying this location did not attract crowds, since they are no longer in residence.

    The residents had every reason to expect another retailer to move in to building that was constructed for retail use nearly a century ago. You have to be proactive on these situations, or you end up getting what someone else thinks is best. In this case, Apple saw the opportunity and took it with permits issued and interior construction already well under way. I don’t see this petition having any effect.

    However, except for the occasional thieves ramming a truck through the storefront, Apple Store patrons are generally a nice and non-violent bunch. The crowds are just part of the experience.

    1. Let me get this straight:Less than 400 signatures, hopes to get 500 before the Store opens, out of a population of 125,000?

      Give me a break. Have you seen the Street view (three lanes of one way traffic with parking on either side)? I hope MDN, and all other blogs, ignore future “news” about these lunatics.

      1. These folks are entitled to express their opinions about the matter. I don’t know that it is fair to label them “lunatics.” It sounds to me as if their expectations regarding this retail site were not met – perhaps someone promised them that it would be converted into some type of community center or something. Whatever the case, I do not believe that their protest will change anything.

        I agree that we (media and everyone else) should be careful regarding how much attention is given to various minor complaints and protests. Just because someone is highly vocal does not mean that a significant problem actually exists. Smoke does not always mean fire.

        These folks could always move to Houston, Texas. You never know what will be built next door when there is no zoning!

  2. Apple has already obtained the necessary permits for the store <–That's a zoning decision made by their local government. Go pester THEM about it, not Apple.

    but warn of future street demonstrations to support their cause… <–Which would of course… will create a ‘serious disruption’ for their quiet residential community/ <–OOPS. (O_o)

    1. Upper East Side population: 125,000

      I wonder how many iMac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch owners in the Upper East Side will prefer the convenience of getting their Apple products purchased/serviced locally vs going elsewhere.

      More than 500, me thinks.

  3. How often do those Apple Store lines occur now? About once a year for the launch of a new iPhone? I would think the residents would appreciate the rise in property value an Apple Retail store would bring. It’s funny how so many other cities are begging for Apple Retail stores but these residents don’t want it. Go figure. Any opening day lines I stood in were very subdued. It wasn’t exactly a riot atmosphere or even a carnival type of thing. I’d say it was just like a mild social event. I’m not criticizing these residents because they live there and I don’t. I’m just a bit puzzled about the protestations. Some lines a couple of times a year shouldn’t be all that disruptive to a community.

    1. Rise in property value in the UES caused by an Apple Store? Wow, you don’t have any idea of what NYC is like, do you? 🙂
      I’m glad they’re putting an Apple Store there, though. Will force some of those wealthy folks to run into more normals (who aren’t their own household laborers) in their own neighborhood.

  4. I agree. The Upper Eastside is the most prestigious neighborhood in all of New York City. Having a brand like this is a detriment to the neighborhood regardless if it’s perceive cachet

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