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