5th Ave. Apple Store now in need of massive glass replacement all its own

The iconic 5th Avenue Apple Store in New York City is in need of some shattered glass replacement of its very own today, thanks to a combination of the arctic vortex-driven weather and a clumsy snowblower. The above image was caught on Twitter.

Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac did the math and figures the glass panel, which has been shattered from top to bottom, cost roughly $450,000 during the late-2011 renovation. While leaving a huge blemish on an otherwise flawless structure, the flagship store doesn't appear to have closed down for repairs, at least not yet. Apple may just wait until the current cold snap passes before beginning replacements.

So... How have you been fairing during the great blizzards of 2014 so far? Any better than Apple?

Richard Devine

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Only_Jadon says:

What if someone busts in if it shatters all the way?

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Derek Kessler says:

Judging by the way it didn't fall apart, it appears to be tempered and laminated - like a car windshield.

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Rene Ritchie says:

Why do I think you've tested just such materials for cassa Kessler?

Hollyw0od says:

A piece of glass that's worth more than a house? Jesus man

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zdn1042 says:

Holy mother of glass, that's expensive!

Becjr says:

Aye carrrumba! Thats a pretty penny for that Apple glass, & considering it didn't fall to pieces, I think I can see why.

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entwined82 says:

Glad they used strong enough glass that nobody got hurt.

WPSteve says:

Almost half a million dollar glass? Wow.

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emjayess says:

Aww, heck, that ain't nuttin': up here in MN, Apple has to use 1 billion dollar glass.

Anyway, it's time for my morning run...let's see, Weather Line says there's only a 20 below wind chill factor. Cool, I can dress light...

oscaramzz says:

Maybe they should have used the gorilla glass of the iPhone. Or maybe they did?

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mangoldm says:

I'd appreciate the beauty of this design more if it were more durable and more-easily maintained.

Solublepeter says:

So I guess all your windows at home must be engineered to withstand vehicular impact? Impressive!

erikbock says:

I hope you're being sarcastic. Given how cold it was and the type of impact that a snow blower obviously sent the object(s) I'm not sure what you want. It is glass and glass breaks. I'm impressed that it is still standing.

DravenX says:

Live in OK. So far the weather hasn't been too bad. Just wait until Spring when/if we get another F5 twister through here.

pstmd says:

What's snow and wind-chill. We don't have these words in or lexicon here in Arizona. Weather currently is 64 degrees, scattered clouds, no wind, 0% chance of precipitation, 17% humidity. I driving with the top down and music streaming from my iPhone!

lui22 says:

Oh my god! We'll it's a good thing apple owns the glass company that supplies them!

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trmoney24 says:

they should make sure it can withstand another polar vortex when it gets fixed.

asuperstarr says:

Wow! Thank goodness for insurance. That's a costly structure.

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Raylz says:

Notes to self to go visit this tomorrow and see this cracked glass lol.

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