As I was walking past the sidewalk permits, something caught my eye and I stopped to shoot a photo of one of the permits with my blackberry curve. As I was taking the photo, the construction site boss came out and started glaring at me. He asked me, "What are you doing and who are you?" I told him I was Fred Wilson and I was taking a photo of the sidewalk permit. I mentioned that it is a public permit and that it was there to inform the public about what was going on there. He just stood there staring at me and I checked my photo to make sure I got what I wanted and then headed on.
The thing that caught my eye was the permit for a "large glass circular stair".
Apple has used this glass staircase with much success in both Japan and Scotland.
Apple Store Manhatten (Meatpacking District)
Apple Store Manhatten Building Permit
Glass Staircase in Osaka, Japan