I happened to be by the 5th Avenue Apple store yesterday (what a zoo) and had a chance to photograph progress of the new store build. You may recall, the underground 5th Avenue Apple store has been closed for renovation/reconstruction, and the glass cube above the basement store has been taken down. (Jump to the bottom of the article for an Apple Maps view I annotated for context.)
As you can see in the photos, Apple put a tarp over where the glass cube used to stand. The company also seems to have gutted the fountain displays that sat to the north and south of the glass cube.
It’s not clear why the fountains were gutted or whether Apple plans to build something in its place. It’s not likely Cartier would allow any structure much more than a fountain to be built there as it would block its store from view.
Anyway, I’m not sure what is going on with the fountains, but hope you enjoy the shots of the progress. Let us know in the comments what you think might be happening at the site.