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Sneak Peek at Apple's Grand Central Store

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Chandeliers? Check. Elaborate archways? Check. Secret tunnel to the Oyster Bar hidden behind a Lion OS poster? You never know.

After rumors that the plan was kaput back in March, Apple is forging headlong into Manhattan's already-overcrowded Grand Central Terminal. Should do wonders with the time it takes to reach your train. Construction will begin immediately, the MTA says, and will last about four months, according to the Wall Street Journal.

To fill the space, Apple escorted Charlie Palmer's Metrazur restaurant from the terminal's easy balcony with the help of a $5 million "incentive" to the establishment. But it's in the MTA's favor as Apple will pay an annual rent of $1.1 million -- significantly higher than Metrazur's $263,997. Apple also plans to stretch out into a vacant balcony next to the restaurant space.

And yes, the MTA supplied a mockup of how it will look.

In addition to the Apple Store, Grand Central will also be gaining a Shake Shack -- one of NY's most beloved burger eateries. Meeting with the MTA board's railroad committee, Metro-North Railroad President Howard Permut laid the bragging rights on pretty thick. "I can't imagine why any kid in Westchester would want to do anything other than go into Grand Central and shop at Apple and eat at Shake Shack," he said.

Yeah, I remember growing up in Jersey, how I hated going to the Museum of Natural History to see the dinosaur fossils.

I, like all my friends, just wanted to go to the train station.

(See also: Apple Invades Grand Central Terminal and Fake Apple Stores Shut Down)

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