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New York's 5th Avenue Apple Store Getting a Makeover

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Last year researchers at Cornell University fed 35 million Flickr images into a supercomputer and discovered that the fifth most photographed landmark in New York City -- beating out the Statue of Liberty -- was the Apple store on Fifth Avenue. (It ranked a respectable 28th worldwide.) Despite the clear evidence of its overwhelming popularity, Apple determined the photogenic glass cube at the store's entrance was in dire need of a makeover. The procedure, begun this past June, is fairly straightforward: at a cost of $6.6 million, Apple is retiring the cube, consisting of 90 panes of glass, and replacing it with a new one made up of just 15 pieces. Each seamless panel measures 32 feet long and 10 feet wide, and with less of them there's less hardware needed to hold the pieces together, resulting in an overall airier look and feel. The unveiling is set for November, but for now we can take a look at a rendering that Apple provided for Gothamist. Check it out after the jump.