Apple getting kudos for NYC historic preservation efforts

While most Apple fans think of the iconic flagship Apple Stores around the world -- the Fifth Avenue Store in New York City, Zorlu Center in Istanbul, or the Pudong store in Shanghai, China -- the company has also done a standout job of taking old, historic buildings and converting them into stunning new stores. The New York Landmarks Conservancy announced today that Apple will receive its 2016 Chairman's Award recognizing the company's preservation and restoration of historic structures in New York City. 

Apple Store, SoHo. Photo via Apple

Apple Store, SoHo. Photo via Apple

The stores in question are the SoHo, West 14th Street, Upper East Side and Grand Central Terminal locations. The SoHo Apple Store occupies a building that was formerly a United States Post Office facility, while the West 14th Street store fills a three-story building in the heart of New York City's Meatpacking District. An imposing bank building on Madison Avenue is the site of the Upper East Side Store and includes a transformation of the old bank vault into a VIP lounge.

Apple Store, Upper East Side. Photo via Apple

Apple Store, Upper East Side. Photo via Apple

The Grand Central Terminal Store places the retail facility right in the beautiful transportation hub, with an estimated 700,000 people using the station and passing by the store each day. 

The Chairman's Award has been given since 1988 to recognize organizations which have demonstrated dedication to protecting and preserving the architectural history of New York City. The company will receive the award on March 9.