Saturday, March 10, 2012

yes, you read that right

The Grand Central Apple store opened December 9th, 2011. It overlooks the Main Concourse from the East balcony and has two Genius Bars for free tech support.
In July, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved a 10-year lease after APPLE paid chef Charlie Palmer's Metrazur $5 million to exit its lease early. It’s one of the largest at 23,000 square feet, 315 employees and is the fifth Apple store in Manhattan.
New 15-minute “Express Workshops” offer tips and tricks in a streamlined format for customers catching a train.
300 million people have visited Apple retail stores in the past 12 months, that’s more people than visited the four largest Disney themeparks, combined.
There are 361 Apple stores in eleven countries: the US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, China, Australia and Canada.
US retail sales per square foot averages about $341 per year. An Apple Store averages $5,626. Yes, you read that right. 
Tiffany & Company does $2,974. Coach? $1,820. And Ralph Lauren struggles in at $904.
The Apple Store in Grand Central is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, March 9, 2012

you wanna piece of my heart?

everybody’s workin’ for the weekend
everybody wants a little romance.
everybody's goin' off the deepend
everybody needs a second chance, o-o-h


Thursday, March 8, 2012

you know how I get

Welcome to Virginia where the male dominated legislature and a patriarchal governor have placed women’s reproductive rights firmly back into 1953.

And just in time for 
International Woman’s Day, too. 

Don’t get me started.

the new iPAD

and soon, new will be old

Old architecture is juxtaposed against new architecture in our city all the time. The modern glass building on the southeast corner of 86th and Lexington was completed in 2009-2010.

This old sheet metal cornice dates from around 1915, according to a search for 128 East 86th.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

89 degrees and sunny

This morning the TV weather man said “likely the coldest morning until next winter.”
And so in that spirit, hold on!... in another 8 or 9 weeks (about the time since New Years)...this is coming...

missing Summer yet?

Monday, March 5, 2012

you are what you eat

can I have a lift?

Cranes are an urban way of life. A few years back I watched one place a big AC unit on a roof on the UpperEastSide.

Cranes service the everchanging billboards along the Third Avenue Bridge, too.

Remember when that crane came down on east 91st in May of 2008? 
You can see a dozen NYTimes photos here:

I took the photo above from my apartment that morning.
Two workmen died in that accident, so a manslaughter trial is underway.
Now, questions of training and professionalism are being asked.
So what’s this doing in the sound?

Sunday, March 4, 2012

I'm sorry, which way again?