Scaffolding rises at Apple’s Fifth Avenue construction site, signaling return of iconic glass cube

“As seen in new photos taken outside the work site, familiar cube-sized scaffolding has risen above the construction barriers at Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City,” Michael Steeber reports for 9to5Mac.

“After closing on January 20th last year for renovations, the store’s iconic glass cube was given removal approval in April 2017, and photos taken a month later showed that the structure had indeed vanished,” Steeber reports. “Photos sent to 9to5Mac today by Daniel Barchi show that after over a year of work, the iconic structure might be close to returning.”

“While the progress will come as welcome news to New York residents who frequent the high traffic location, don’t expect to visit the new store any time soon,” Steeber reports. “A report last summer predicted that renovations won’t be complete until November.”

Read more and see the photo in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It will be good to have the glass cube back in its rightful place!

Apple to dismantle iconic glass cube entrance to Fifth Avenue Store in Manhattan – April 19, 2017
Apple to double size of Fifth Avenue flagship store – February 7, 2017
Apple playing hardball in negotiations over Apple Store Fifth Avenue expansion – May 18, 2016
Apple Store Fifth Avenue, the mother of all flagships, primed for massive makeover – June 26, 2015
Apple to totally renovate iconic Fifth Avenue Store, temporarily relocate to FAO Schwarz building – June 11, 2015
The untold story of how Apple’s glass cube landed in midtown Manhattan – September 29, 2014
Apple granted U.S. patent for Steve Jobs-designed Fifth Avenue glass cube – August 28, 2014
Apple unveiling redesigned Fifth Ave glass cube today at 10am Eastern – November 4, 2011
Computer illiterate’ architect behind Apple’s Fifth Avenue glass cube also did Bill Gates’ house – March 22, 2010
Apple starts online countdown to Apple Store Fifth Avenue ‘Glass Cube’ Grand Opening – May 11, 2006
Steve Jobs to eventually take his NYC big glass cube with him – December 2, 2005
Glass cube assembly begins at site of Apple’s 25,000-square-foot 5th Avenue flagship store – October 28, 2005

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. I was never comfortable with all-glass anything. I don’t care what Steve Jobs wanted. He was a self-absorbed maniac. I have a house with lots of glass windows and doors. They get dirty from the weather and I have to pay cleaners $150, and they get just as dirty a few days later. I’m thinking of boarding them over, becoming a hoarder and living like a recluse. No wonder Apple charges so much more than their competitors — they need to pay excessive cleaning costs for their all-glass retail stores. Scaffolding and daredevil window-washers don’t come cheap, and consumers pay for it in the end. If Apple operated out of rented mall stores, instead of their own precious Palaces of Versailles, would they charge us less? – naw, they’d find another way to justify their prices. They enjoy money too much.

    1. With a little effort, you could be the first homeowner to completely replace pane glass with virtual windows for an entire house. Hard to say what that will do to your electric bill, however.

      Are you familiar with microfiber?

        1. That’s an incredibly stupid reply.

          The obvious retort is, “And who is ‘applecynic’? Get a name, or at least a mirror…”

          Your made up name is supposed to be better because you’ve been using it longer?

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