Marty Markowitz: Apple “Won’t Reach the Big Time” Till It Opens a Store in Brooklyn


Remember how part of the Brooklyn Municipal Building is being turned into a mall? The anchor of the new retail space is going to be an upscale restaurant. Sounds fine, even if Brooklyn doesn’t necessarily need more restaurants. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has other ideas for the space, though. He really wants an Apple store.

“I just don’t get it,” he told the Post. Markowitz said that Apple and Steve Jobs “won’t reach the big-time” until Apple finally opens a Brooklyn outpost.

Markowitz has actually been on this particular campaign for a while; last year, he got an iPad and put out a video in an attempt to persuade Steve Jobs to build an Apple store in the most populous borough.

An Apple Store Grows in Brooklyn from Marty Markowitz on Vimeo.

Jobs never responded.

Why does Apple continue to shun Brooklyn, parts of which are positively swarming with Apple users? Manhattan has five stores, and even Staten Island has one. Markowitz gave us a quote through a rep: “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.”