Brooklyn won’t soon join Manhattan and Staten Island as boroughs with Apple stores. The company won’t be a part of the office complex planned for Joralemon Street lot across from Borough Hall, the Post reports. The news is a particular letdown for Marty Markowitz, who had personally lobbied for the tech giant to open a retail outlet across the East River. “Of course the borough president is disappointed that Apple is not coming to the Municipal Building,” his spokesperson Jon Paul Lupo wrote in an email.
In a speech, Marty said:
I’ve known for some time that Apple wasn’t coming here, and I think they’re making a big mistake. But even though we weren’t able to attract Steve Jobs to 210 Joralemon we’re getting something better—actual jobs, 64 full-time construction jobs and 114 permanent jobs.
At 210 Joralemon Street, which currently houses the city’s department of finance, a developer will build 49,000 square feet of retail space, which a source tells the Post will include an upscale restaurant (so Marty can’t be too devastated). The borough president thinks more of Joralemon and Court could be opened to retail. “How about Crate and Barrel, Nordstrom Rack, Saks-Off-Fifth-Avenue?” he suggested. “It’s all possible.”