Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Apple Store Of My Eye

Over the weekend I went to take a look at the former Mandee store on Austin because someone on the Facebook page was wondering what they're doing there. There is some construction going on, but lord knows what is being done. There were no clues from looking at it.

And then I turned around and right in front of my face I realized is the absolutely perfect building in Forest Hills for the much-rumored Apple Store....
Enough space? Check. More than enough.
Perfect location? Check.
Cool, urban-chic architecture? Check...

What more could they ask for?!




20 comments:

  1. A VERY interesting theory! Meanwhile I was able to spot a while back through a tear in the paper covering the old Mandee space that the demo crew broke through the wall separating the loading dock and the interior space. They have since taped up all tears in the paper. Hmmmmm....

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  2. Oh and at the chevy space THERE IS PARKING!!!! : )

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    1. True. Not being a driver, I always forget about the importance of parking.

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  3. Is the Chevy place going away?

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  4. I don't get the fascination for an apple store. sure its cool to have it, but are they going to be making sales every day? How different is it than another verizon or att store? I'm not an apple user other than an ipod but have no interest in checking out an apple store in fh. Rather, I'd be disappointed that there wasn't something more useful, like a whole foods, new restaurant that is not another pizza, italian, etc joint...I mean, the cvs is going to suck anyway. Didn't realize we needed three, four drug stores in a mile stretch.

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  5. The apple store would be way different from a Verizon and AT&T store. First off, they sell much more than iPhones and iPods and pads. They also have workshops to teach you how to use the products to the fullest potential. That being said, it's definitely not a place for repeat business since people don't take the same classes or buy laptops on a regular basis. I'd much rather a whole foods, bUt an apple store would definitely boost the profile of the neighborhood and that would in turn bring in more of the businesses we want like coffee houses, etc. And then maybe lame business like that trinket shop or the trashy stereotypical queens clothing stores would go away. I'm not sure what good a CVS would do, but I am a little happy at the prospect of not having to cross the blvd for quick toiletries. I'd rather have a non Keyfood food shop.

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  6. On that NOTE: Can anyone name TOP CONTRACTORS for BATHROOMs in Forest Hills?

    I posted around but the good contractors aren't looking for work, the work comes to them.

    So many shady guys pretending to be licensed or of dubious work quality out there and the like.

    GM Dealership does a heavy Taxi Cab business and was recently repaired after the storm. It could theoretically be relocated to a more Commercial section of the city but it seems like for now the owners are staying. I don't see them moving anywhere right now.

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  7. Try RPS Construction - Robert is very good. Reliable. Always comes back to fix something if it is wrong. If you chose the wrong material - that is your fault. He installed 2 1/2 bathrooms for me and I had no problems. He installed a tile floor in my kitchen 3 years ago. A tile popped up and he came by and repaired it for free.

    Call him 917 642 0384. He licensed and insured.

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  8. What is the license # for RPS Construction?

    He has no address on the website and no license # which is a dead giveaway usually of an unlicensed contractor.

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  9. http://www.nyc.gov/html/dca/html/licenses/license_check.shtml

    A lot of people lie and say they are insured and licensed and are not.

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  10. R P S CONSTRUCTION INC HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR 1226706 88-38 79 AVENUE GLENDALE 11385 (917) 642-0384

    Checks out as licensed.

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  11. RPS is very good. If I could post pictures - I would.

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  12. Forgot to add, I know he is insured - I made him produce the certificate.

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  13. I posted on Craigslist, a lot of scammers on there or people claiming to be licensed who are unlicensed.

    The legitimate licensed ones were very pricey. I want a fully licensed contractor with recommendations and credibility but cheaper.

    For instance: I know out in Long Island, this one contracting firm does excellent work and is A+ BBB. But they charge a lot of money more than I have or want to spend.

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  14. Did you call RPS. Really he is good. I know I sound like a schill but he is good. I could show you pictures if Drake would let me know how to post pictures. He is not pricey but he is not cheap. I chose him because he was middle of the road, had the requisite insurance and is licensed with the Department of Consumer Affairs and NYC Buildings Department. Today, a contractor is required to be licensed by both.

    He does not like to work in NYC but he has been approved by a number of buildings to do work in them.

    Really, call him. Never hurts to talk.

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    1. You can try posting the photos to the blog's Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/edgeofthecityblog

      If that doesn't work, email them to me and I will post them here.

      edgeofthecity@gmail.com

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  15. I spoke to the guy in charge of the construction of the old Mandees space yesterday and he told me that another medical center is what is going into the space. How boring! He then chuckled at my dissapointment and cryptically said, "Were you expecting something else like an Apple Store?" Hmmm....

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    1. So you think he knew something more?

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  16. Part of me REALLY hopes so, but the more rational thought is that probably other people have asked him if it is going to be an Apple store.

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    1. Although...Apple is set to roll out 40 stores this year so there is always hope.

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