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NY Apple 'Mecca' rumored to be open 24-7 April 15, 2006 11:27 AM PDT
We had really hoped to confirm recent blog reports that a massive Apple
Computer store going up in midtown Manhattan, aka "Apple Mecca," will be
the company's first retail outlet open 24 hours a day.
But, alas, an Apple spokesman said the company isn't ready to confirm,
deny or make any official announcements about the store, so we can only
offer our observations, and point to what others have written.
The store--which will reportedly be 25,000 square feet--is located in
the underground retail plaza of the General Motors Building on Fifth
Avenue between 58th and 59th streets, according to a February Think
Our photographer confirmed Friday that construction is well underway on
a cube-shaped above-ground entrance to the building.
By all accounts, the store is supposed to open sometime in late May, and
might also be the first store to feature an iPod Bar.
We were particularly impressed with the San Francisco Chronicle Culture
Blog's observation that the "Mecca's" above-ground entrance "bears an
uncanny resemblance to the big black Ka'bah (AKA: The House O' Abraham)
to whence all Islamic pilgrims take their grueling mandatory hajj."
Makes sense, the blog adds, "because it shall be open 24 hours a day,
seven days a week and hence shall be the place New Yorkers shall take a
holy pilgrimage whenever they crave a new iPod Nano at 4:00 am or when
they desperately need to have the Mac geeks at the Genius Bar instruct
them on how to purge all the gay teen chat transcripts and German fetish
porn from their iBooks before their Senate confirmation hearings."
For what it's worth, we did find Apple job postings for the Midtown
store, and no mention of 24-7 work.
Posted by Michelle Meyers
The Cube Reveals Itself
Reader Anders sent us photographs of workers busily getting the Apple
Store cube at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street ready. We expect it will be
ready for people to supplicate by the weekend.
To: Apple CEO
Apple Mecca is an insult to all Muslims, we wonder why you intend to
insult and irritate Muslims, we never insulted any religion, and Muslims
respect all religions in the world.
Apple Computer is a worldwide company, and its opinions and actions
should be separated of policy, religion, and anything that would affect
its relations with its customers.
The consequences of this action might affect relations between the east
and the west, and you will be responsible for any tension in our
Mecca is the place where all Muslims travel to for pilgrimage (Hajj),
this is a holy place for Muslims, and we won't accept such an insult for
a sacred place in our religion.
Therefore we request an apology immediately, and we request from Apple
inc to change the name of this store, or else we will take the necessary
steps to apply a boycott for everything related to the U.S, and this
boycott will continue until you change the name of this store.
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