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Botched Construction Blamed for Flood at Fifth Ave Apple Store

by Todd Haselton | May 8, 2013May 8, 2013 11:30 am PDT


Apple’s Fifth Avenue Store is probably one of the most iconic in the world. It sits in Midtown Manhattan, surrounded by luxury hotels, and is less than a block from Central Park. Today is was the victim of flooding.

It has been raining on and off in New York since last night, and residents received low-lying flood alerts this morning, but it appears that the Apple Store wasn’t able to withstand what is otherwise a typical rainy day. It was sandbagged and closed before Hurricane Sandy to prevent flooding.

“It’s because of the construction they did last year on the roof,” a worker told the New York Post, likely referencing the store’s redesign. “They didn’t do it right. There are large flat stones up there. And with heavy rain this morning, [rain] came through.”

9to5Mac said the flooding started around 8am but was cleaned up within two hours.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...