Oculus is still leaking despite Port Authority saying it isn’t
By Danielle Furfaro and Stephanie Pagones
May 29, 2017 | 4:43pm
The Oculus is still leaking.
The rain this past week caused puddles and slick floors near the balconies and elevators on both sides of Ground Zero’s $4 billion transit hub, and, at this point, the problem is considered chronic.
“There are leaks on this side and that side, those two balconies, by the elevators, and then the back also. It’s a mess,” said one maintenance worker. “We soak it up and drain it. It’s a lot of work. It’s nonstop.”
Earlier this month, Port Authority officials put the blame for the leak on a nearby construction project and promised to fix it. On Friday, the agency issued an astonishing statement denying that the Oculus is still leaking.
“There were no leaks in the Oculus this week,” spokesman Steve Coleman said, even though a Post reporter saw the leaks firsthand. The water often leaves the marble floor feeling more like an impromptu ice skating rink, making it dangerous for visitors.
“People do have accidents. Like the last rainy day, somebody almost broke their neck here on the marble,” said the maintenance worker. The woman was walking down the stairs when she slid on a puddle, he said. “They slipped and they really hurt themselves because, you know, these are marble floors.”
Workers at the site say the construction of the ambitious building was a rush job that left many loose ends. Even thought the Oculus opened in August, construction workers are still putting the finishing touches on it because there was so much left undone, they said.
“Everything is not done so you’ve have to come back and do it,” said construction worker Shawn Cumberbatch, 41, who was caulking a seam in the main room that had been left unsealed for months. “They just wasted a lot of cash over here. This should have been done. If they just took their time and got it right the first time, we wouldn’t have this problem.”
The Santiago Calatrava-designed PATH terminal, which also houses several luxury retailers, opened in March 2016 — seven years behind schedule and $2 billion over budget. The mall portion of the building opened in August.
Not only is the building still suffering from leaks and holes, but the design of the building makes the interior weather very uncomfortable, say retail workers who have to spend all day on the floor.
“They didn’t put much thought into the construction itself. It’s half-assed,” said Stephany Rivera, 23, an assistant manager at children’s clothing and toy store Kingkow. “It’s frustrating. It’s heat. You feel heat in here, you feel nothing out there. You expected this place to be cool with so many vents like that, but nothing. There’s just no wind. You just feet hot.”
Even the new escalators are also already perpetually breaking, say workers.
“The escalators constantly mess up,” said the maintenance man. “Sometimes they just get stuck.”http://nypost.com/2017/05/29/oculus-i ... authority-saying-it-isnt/