After Hours

Inside the glass Apple Store - New York's hottest high-tech hangout

by Jason Hiner

The Apple Store on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street in Manhattan is a marvel of modern design. In fact, it is one of the most unique retail stores in the world. Above the ground it features only a glass cube with a glass staircase and glass elevator that lead downward to the underground store. The store serves as one of the most popular high-tech hangouts in New York City. It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

I got a chance to visit while I was in the Big Apple for Interop New York 2006 (see my separate gallery on Interop).

Credit: CNET Networks

About

Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks (bit.ly/ftgeeks).

10 comments
peter.richardson
peter.richardson

monopoly money is so easily spent...that store may be a wow but it's paid for by everyone in that store paying too much for the products

NOW LEFT TR
NOW LEFT TR

an underground store with the 'roof' removed and replaced with a glass cube. OR Just like an underground station but with glass as the overhead material of choice. Nice but not groundbreaking...

meanderradio
meanderradio

Very nice piece, Jason, and wonderful pictures. Almost felt like I was there.

jmero
jmero

I went to the Grand Opening earlier this year. It was really cool; I got to meet Steve Jobs and chit-chatted with him about the beginnings of Apple from his mom's garage.

andacomm
andacomm

It will mean braving the frigid cold, but I'll have to visit this Winter - from Cali.

yobtaf
yobtaf

Apple's Philosophy has always been to make computing fun. Use a PC at work but have a Mac at home.

fungus-among-us
fungus-among-us

You'd think there would be a Starbucks in there... kinda like those huge bookstores where people hang out to read stuff for free. I'll have to visit that Store the next time I visit mom for the holidays (or long weekend)... I wonder how close the Apple store is to the Museum of Sex?

jmero
jmero

I know, it sounds unreal to me too! I would have killed to have had a camera phone then (I upgraded to a Treo just so I wouldn't be in that situation again WITHOUT A CAMERA). Working in Manhattan is great.