Racked posted a story that Apple Inc. is looking for a retail space in Brooklyn. Dumbo was named as one of the five possible locations in Brooklyn. The others are Red Hook, Smith Street, Downtown Brooklyn, and Williamsburg. Here’s what Racked had to say about Dumbo’s chances:
Dumbo: Two Trees has been looking for a tenant in the long-vacated ABC Carpet and Home warehouse space, and there’s something about the Apple and Dumbo brands that just seems to go together (overly precious, check; overly branded, check; we’re over both of them, check). A longshot, though one we’d sort of love to see. Odds: 10-1
I think a Dumbo store would draw a lot of foot traffic to the area and make it a destination for a lot of people. But the former ABC Carpet store space is no longer available, as reported here before. According to a Two Trees employee, they’ve reached out to Apple in the past, but they weren’t ready. They still have 6600 sq.ft in 70 Washington Street and 6700 sq.ft across the street at Washington and Front Street. There are lots of comments on the Racked thread, but what do Dumbo residents think about having an Apple store in Dumbo? Good for Dumbo or bad for increased traffic and tourist buses?