1. Akshay Masand's Avatar

    After a heavy snowstorm hit New York yesterday, cleanup crews using snowblowers reportedly shattered one of the fifteen monolithic glass panels that make up the Fifth Avenue Apple Store’s iconic 32-foot glass cube. An Apple Store employee confirmed that a single pane positioned in the southeast corner of the cube was badly cracked but the store remained open since the incident and will continue to operate as normal. For those of you who didn’t know, Apple’s iconic Fifth Avenue store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Word of the broken glass first hit the web as users of social networks began posting pictures of the shattered glass slab to services like Instagram and Facebook. In a separate report, an Apple representative told BuzzFeed that a snowblower caused the damage though exact details of the incident weren’t revealed.

    The Cupertino California company originally unveiled the now-iconic glass cube in May of 2006 and the location has become one of the most photographed sites in the area. The company revamped the structure’s design five years later by replacing what was originally 90 sheets of glass with only 15 large panes. According to reports at the time, the project cost an estimated $6.7 million, including removal of the old unit, installation of the new design and renovation of the surrounding area.

    The recent incident wasn’t the first time Apple’s Fifth Avenue store has had a run-in with bad weather. Last May, the underground store flooded after water made its way into the cube during a heavy rainstorm. The outlet remained open and later reported drainage issues as the culprit.

    Source: BuzzFeed, krissyhotdogs via Instagram

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2014-01-22 08:10 PM
  2. steve-z17's Avatar
    Damn, that sucks! Awesome that they're open 24/7 though!
    2014-01-22 08:43 PM
  3. crouching's Avatar
    I wonder its covered under Apple Care
    2014-01-23 12:41 AM
  4. Al226's Avatar
    It was the Samsung-funded clean up crew.
    2014-01-23 02:17 AM
  5. ELBUYTRE's Avatar
    Whattttt no "Gorilla" Glass hahahahaha
    2014-01-23 04:02 AM
  6. Dirt Diglett's Avatar
    Luckily they had AppleCare Protection Plan+ which covers accidental damage otherwise they might be severely out of pocket!
    2014-01-23 07:45 AM
  7. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
    This article doesn't include the estimated $450,000 repair bill for that one piece of glass, NOT including labor!
    2014-01-24 10:38 PM