World Trade Center's $4B Oculus leaks, drips water on commuters – New York Daily News

World Trade Center's $4B Oculus leaks, drips water on commuters – New York Daily News



It seems $4 billion isn’t enough for a good roof.


The World Trade Center’s Oculus transit hub sprung a leak during Friday’s drenching rain storm.


Photos posted on social media show pools of water on the white marble floor of the $4 billion transportation center and shopping mall.


The leak sent streams of commuters rushing toward the exits.

New York City takes on water as heavy rain floods streets, tracks

The leak sent streams of commuters rushing toward the exits.

The leak sent streams of commuters rushing toward the exits.

(Shawn Inglima/for New York Daily News)


“I’m very surprised,” said Vipul Gheewala, 50, of Queens. “It’s a new building. It’s not supposed to leak water with just one heavy rain.”


A Port Authority spokesman blamed the incident on ongoing construction and “a substantial amount of rain.”


“The leaks have since stopped,” added Steve Coleman.


“World Trade Center staff has identified the specific areas where the leaks occurred and will take steps to mitigate future problems.”


The bird-like structure, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, opened in March 2016 after years of delays and cost overruns.


The transportation hub was initially slated to cost $2 billion.

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