iSkyscraper? If you were Apple, why not?

June 22, 2009

If you had paid $3.5 billion for a skyscraper named after bankrupt automaker General Motors, wouldn’t you want a tenant to come in and pay you another few million to rename the building, with the added bonus of giving it a name not associated with a failed recipient of government largesse?

Boston Properties, which bought the building last year, located at the southeast corner of Central Park in Manhattan, is not known to be shopping around the naming rights to the building, but a top real estate broker in Manhattan, known as the “Queen of the Skyscraper” has one suggestion if ever it is : Apple.

The GM Building is home to Apple’s sleek flagship store, well known to the hordes of tourists and New Yorkers alike, and the maker of the iPhone enjoys top brand name recognition and public affection that Apple is a logical choice.

“If I were Steve Jobs I would be negotiating now,” said Darcy Stacom, the CB Richard Ellis broker who handled the transaction. (She hastened to add she has no knowledge of whether Apple is or might be interested.)

What’s more, she said, the building is home to CBS News’ national daily broadcast, so a massive audience hearing, “Live from the Apple building in New York…” every day would be a major coup for the retailer.

The naming rights to such a marquee building can be cost millions (they are not typically sold outright, but built into rents.) Then again, few companies, Apple among them, can afford that luxury in this market. And even if, as Stacom says, it takes a while for New York to get used to a new name, they may be eager to forget GM.

(Reuters photos)

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I think they should rename it. The color of the building kind of goes with Apple anyway. It reality it really doesn’t matter because New Yorkers will call it whatever they want. Like the Sears Tower in Chicago is being renamed Willis Tower but everyone in Chicago will still refer to it as Sears Tower.

Actually I disagree for exactly the reasons the broker make the suggestion in the first place. Apple is not “the establishment” quite the contrary; taking over such a building would alter that perception quite drastically in the eyes of many apple fanbois and girls.