NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The passing of Steve Jobs, the visionary who helped usher in the age of personal computers, has folks in the Tri-State Area in mourning.

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At the opening of Twitter’s East Coast headquarters on Thursday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg took the time to remember Jobs.

“In so many areas of the human experience, Steve had pushed the frontiers of what’s possible; and he took all of us along for a ride,” Bloomberg said. “This country and this world is a lot better because of it.”

Bloomberg said Jobs made technology exciting and elegant.

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“Steve’s legacy’s, a hundred years from now, and a hundred years after that; will be the feeling that life can be made better, that life can be more productive, that life can be more fun. That feeling; felt by each new generation; is really what changes the world.”

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“He revolutionized animation. He put the computer in our pockets and, by virtue of that, made our lives entirely mobile. The iPhone that I carry and the iPad in front of me have both fundamentally changed how I communicate and how I access and store information and how I conduct business,” Bloomberg said.

A makeshift tribute has popped up in front of the Apple Store at 57th Street and Fifth Avenue. People have been leaving flowers, candles, notes and McIntosh apples.

“Steve Jobs changed everything in our lives,” said Eric Wang of Harrison, N.J. “I think its a really huge loss.”

The flagship Apple store on Fifth Avenue. (credit: Anne Driscoll/CBS)

“I wanted to say ‘Thank You’ to everything that Steve Jobs has done. He’s created so much of what I use in my life and what so many millions of people currently use and have been using. It’s just really awful that he had to die at such a young age,” said Cosmo Sharf.

“I think someone really, really important for all generations has passed away,” said Anna Mello.

One man told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg that Jobs was a revolutionary. “For me, he’s just been a huge influence on my life. He’s inspired not only Apple people but competitors to push the limits of technology and make things happen.

“Edison, he helped open up new worlds, but Steve Jobs helped connect new worlds,” another man said.

Fans have also been posting their reactions on’s Facebook page.

Steven James of Bethlehem, Penn. wrote Jobs was an “American inventor that touched all of our lives in many ways.”

“This is a true tragedy,” wrote Maureen Farrelly Marsala.

“Thanks for all, Steve,” wrote New Yorker Rob Glenn.

Visitors to the Apple website are greeted today by a black and white photo of Jobs, and a brief statement.

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple,” says the statement.

President Barack Obama also released a statement.

“Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it,” Obama said.

The flagship Apple store on Fifth Avenue. (credit: Anne Driscoll/CBS)

“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely,” Microsoft founder Bill Gates said.

Jobs knew long ago that personal computing would be more than a hobby, and would eventually become an essential part of our lives.

“It’s not going to happen at once. It’s just going to be very gradual and very human, and will seduce you into learning how to use it,” he said.

Jobs never lost that unique foresight. After co-founding Apple in 1976 at the age of 20 with his best friend Steve Wozniak in a garage, he set about becoming the consummate salesman, who ditched the suit and tie in favor of blue jeans and a black turtleneck, and earning the respect of even his competition.

Joshua Stone is a history teacher and on Thursday, he taught his high school students about persverance through Steve Jobs’ rollercoaster career.

“He’s a prime example of picking yourself back up even after you’ve fallen a few times and becoming one of the great innovators of our country,” Stone told CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu.

That message of perseverance has been passed down.

“It just teaches me, that when I have a failure or if something happens that I shouldn’t give up — that I should keep pulling through,” said Eleanor Bent.

His nontraditional, avant-garde approach was stitched into Apple.

“And I think creating great products is what people remember the most. And I think that’s what brings them something in their hearts and makes people happy,” Wozniak said.

Jobs stepped down from Apple’s CEO in August near the end of his battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Comments (21)
  1. LG says:

    Why don’t we just canonize him?

  2. BLACK LEROY says:


  3. Lieutenantdan says:

    The world appeared to be a much more simpler place to live before these kind of inventions. People had much more time for themselves and their family.
    I miss the good old days. It appears to me society now has more of a relationship with machines than they do with people. 1984.

  4. Innovator not inventor says:

    Edison invented the light bulb among other things. Steve Jobs incorporated existing technology to create a social media platform. Sony created the walkman, which is what started the idea of portable media. IBM invented almost everything we touch today from the magnetic strip on your credit/atm card to a printer.

    1. Jimmy says:

      IBM – Really . They played catch up with the PC. Missed the Internet revolution completely. We’d still be using dumb text based terminals if the management there had their way. Their focus was on sales. Sure , they invented great technology, but the were only interested in making the big sale.

      1. Innovator not inventor says:

        Yes IBM INVENTED a lot of things, unlike Apple and Mr. Jobs. Actually the only thing they actually invented was the app store. The rest were innovations.

    2. Danny says:

      I have a feeling that if Edison had died yesterday, a lot of people here would be saying, ‘well, he invented the light bulb, but my candles work perfectly fine.’

      1. Dumb Phucs says:

        Yup, well said. Some people don’t know a good thing even if it slapped them right in the face.

      2. Steven says:

        That’s true, but Steve Jobs’ only patents were based on design on UI – not technology. To call him an inventor is simply not true. He WAS a great innovator and designer though.

  5. Danny Dummy says:

    Thanks for proving my point. You people do all the time, yes? So of course it’s nothing.

  6. doc in NJ says:

    DaVinci? Edison? No… he was not a pioneer of products – he was a master at creating perceived need.

    He brought apple from the brink of bankruptcy NOT by ingenious inventions, but by getting the world to believe in the “coolness” of the products, and thereby creating a form of dependence.

    And as anyone can tell you, that is not an easy task for even for marketing folks.

  7. LiberalsAreEvil says:

    Rest in peace

  8. Jeanette Wood says:

    My deepest sympathy to all who knew and loved Steve Jobs. He surely made an impact on many peoples lives; and may his legacy and innovative spirit con-
    tinue to be carried on.

  9. SoSad says:

    So sad.. RIP Steve, men like you don’t come around often. Thank you for being who you were and never faltering. You helped shape the 21st century and you will be missed

  10. Jimmy says:

    For our generation, as Lennon was to music, Jobs was to innovation. Truly brilliant. And as with Lennon , we will all remember where we were when we heard Jobs died.

  11. Danny says:

    You were our lifetimes DaVincci. You created a huge, profitable business, on your terms. You also helped create some of our favorite movies. You changed the way we listen to music (a feat not done since Sony came out with the walkman). Your impact will be felt for many generations to come.
    And one more thing… Thank You.

  12. Danny says:

    I guess you have led a perfect life. You should write a self help book. Or, just stfu.

    1. Danny Dummy says:

      Typical Apple fantick. Nope, the rest of us never get girls pregnant and deny the child. Nope, we didn’t steal someone else’ organ. That may be the way You were raised, not us folks with morals and brains.

      1. Danny says:

        *yawn* I like Apple and Windows and Droids. There are many people that have done messed up things in their lives. And by the ‘rest of us’, who exactly do you mean? You make it sound like he was the first, last and only guy that has done this. As a matter of fact, that’s how he was born. By a single mother that had to give him up for adoption.
        But, I see you posting all the time. You’re nothing but a troll that got me to bite. Good for you. Shame on me.

        1. Danny Dummy says:

          Thanks for proving my point. You people do all the time, yes? So of course it’s nothing.

  13. bullett says:

    Last night on the news break regarding the loss of Mr. Steve Jobs, it was mentioned how he was the new Thomas Edison of our time. I don’t think we could improve on that comment to a man who left us with so much of what we use today, or tomorrow. Thank you Mr. Steve Jobs for all that you have done for us.

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