Microsoft closes Microtropolis in NYC due to Hurricane Sandy

A week ago today, Microsoft launched the Microtropolis art exhibit at Pier 57 in the Manhattan borough of New York City. It was located at the same site as the company's Windows 8 launch event. It was supposed to say open though Saturday, November 3rd.

However, the company has now confirmed that the elaborate art exhibit will now be permanently closed due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the city and the entire US Northeastern seaboard on Monday. In a statement on the company's official blog, Microsoft said:

We are grateful to New York City and the pier for hosting us, however the unprecedented circumstances caused by hurricane Sandy have made it impossible for us to reopen again. Our hearts are with anyone who’s been affected by this storm. We hope we can all bounce back quickly and get New York moving again.

The Microtropolis exhibit allowed the few people who got a chance to see it a way to walk through a 160 foot version of Manhattan Island and learn more about the city via tons of PCs using Microsoft's Windows 8 and Windows RT OS. It was an elaborate, and likely expensive, set up that now sadly won't get the attention it deserved.

Source: Windows Experience blog

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I find it ridiculous that they claim it's "impossible to reopen". Why? How is it impossible to turn it all back on in a few weeks? How is it impossible to set it up again a month from now, if need be?

It might just be me, but I find it a little bitter of Microsoft to just say "Eff this. You guys get nothing!" because of something nobody at all had control over. This isn't like a comet that only appears once every hundred years....give me a break.

nekkidtruth said,
I find it ridiculous that they claim it's "impossible to reopen". Why? How is it impossible to turn it all back on in a few weeks? How is it impossible to set it up again a month from now, if need be?

It might just be me, but I find it a little bitter of Microsoft to just say "Eff this. You guys get nothing!" because of something nobody at all had control over. This isn't like a comet that only appears once every hundred years....give me a break.

Did you not see the damage in NY? There's still people without power on over here for frak's sake.

Dot Matrix said,

Did you not see the damage in NY? There's still people without power on over here for frak's sake.

Uh....ok....sooo.......what about when it's all cleaned up? My point still stands. It isn't impossible to ever do this "show" again. It's a bit ridiculous to say impossible. Was the exhibit itself damaged?

nekkidtruth said,

Uh....ok....sooo.......what about when it's all cleaned up? My point still stands. It isn't impossible to ever do this "show" again. It's a bit ridiculous to say impossible. Was the exhibit itself damaged?

It was supposed to stay open though Saturday, November 3rd.

nekkidtruth said,
I find it ridiculous that they claim it's "impossible to reopen". Why? How is it impossible to turn it all back on in a few weeks? How is it impossible to set it up again a month from now, if need be?

It might just be me, but I find it a little bitter of Microsoft to just say "Eff this. You guys get nothing!" because of something nobody at all had control over. This isn't like a comet that only appears once every hundred years....give me a break.

Yea, you tell them! Dozens died, millions are without power, non-contaminated water, food, their homes are flooded, and the least of the worries there is that Microsoft probably had rented the place for 10 days and someone else will be using the place after them. But screw the people and their real problems, they should divert power and other resources to this place so that you can attend.

nohone said,

Yea, you tell them! Dozens died, millions are without power, non-contaminated water, food, their homes are flooded, and the least of the worries there is that Microsoft probably had rented the place for 10 days and someone else will be using the place after them. But screw the people and their real problems, they should divert power and other resources to this place so that you can attend.

When you're done being a drama queen, you'll maybe take note that I never once said any of that and simply asked why exactly it's impossible for Microsoft to reopen the show at a later time. A legitimate question I might add. But feel free to continue laying on the unnecessary and unsuccessful guilt trip.

Enron said,

It was supposed to stay open though Saturday, November 3rd.

Yes, I can read. Still doesn't explain why in March of 2013 (as an example), they can't put this show together again. Or hell, November 2013. The point is, it is not impossible. Seems like a horribly poor choice in words on their part.

nekkidtruth said,

Yes, I can read. Still doesn't explain why in March of 2013 (as an example), they can't put this show together again. Or hell, November 2013. The point is, it is not impossible. Seems like a horribly poor choice in words on their part.

Because in March 2013 people would be wondering what relevance it has.

Enron said,

Because in March 2013 people would be wondering what relevance it has.

Well if we're going to go with the drama queen above, they're a little preoccupied with current events and haven't really had the opportunity to care about Microtropolis or pretty much anything Microsoft has talked about/released over the last week. So once again, why is it impossible for Microsoft to run this show again? I still have yet to find any evidence of the exhibit being damaged at all...

nekkidtruth said,

When you're done being a drama queen...

I could respond with a witty retort, but I think you are showing how childish you are being without anybody needing to point it out.

nohone said,

I could respond with a witty retort, but I think you are showing how childish you are being without anybody needing to point it out.

If you say so.

nekkidtruth said,

Well if we're going to go with the drama queen above, they're a little preoccupied with current events and haven't really had the opportunity to care about Microtropolis or pretty much anything Microsoft has talked about/released over the last week. So once again, why is it impossible for Microsoft to run this show again? I still have yet to find any evidence of the exhibit being damaged at all...

It's not impossible, and they might do it again. Then again, they might not. Who knows?

Enron said,

It's not impossible, and they might do it again. Then again, they might not. Who knows?

I agree it's not impossible, however Microsoft said, "have made it impossible for us to reopen again". Which to me sounds ridiculous. Hence why I tried to find information on the possibility of damage to the exhibit. Oh well, I'm kind of over it now. Just thought it was silly to use the word "impossible" when that isn't actually true...

nekkidtruth said,

I agree it's not impossible, however Microsoft said, "have made it impossible for us to reopen again". Which to me sounds ridiculous. Hence why I tried to find information on the possibility of damage to the exhibit. Oh well, I'm kind of over it now. Just thought it was silly to use the word "impossible" when that isn't actually true...

I can't work out if you're so angry because they used the word 'impossible' or because it's closed.