In the News: 1 World Trade Center Welcomes Its First Workers

1WTC north entrance••• The first wave of Condé Nast employees moved into 1 World Trade Center today. I went up to 4 Times Square last week for a meeting, and I have to imagine that Condé Nast employees will be pleased not to have to work in offices that are constantly awash in Times Square’s lights. Also, I walked by 1WTC this morning, to see if the raised plaza to the west of the building is open. The cop I spoke told me it won’t be open for a long time. Then I said I wanted to walk on the south sidewalk of Vesey, because it had been a long time since anyone could. He laughed and said to go for it. (“But keep walking.”) —New York Times

••• Talking to landscape designer Piet Oudolf about Battery Park. —Tribeca Trib

••• A New York Times real estate story about “New York City’s charming one-block streets” includes a couple of paragraphs on the conversion of 11 Beach: “According to Christophe Lagrange, the director of acquisitions for HFZ, the panache of a one-block location drove the project.” Does Beach even sorta qualify as a single-block street? St. John’s Lane, maybe, but even it’s technically two blocks.

••• The Time Out New York reader survey for Soho/Tribeca/FiDi has some wacky finalist selections, but this is my favorite. (For some reason I can’t find a link to it.)

••• “A New York Harbor School student was slashed in the face after he and two of his classmates attacked a 67-year-old Financial District newsstand vendor last week.” —DNAinfo

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  1. You fight a guy who cuts open newspaper bundles on a reg basis, don’t be surprised he has a boxcutter.

  2. “Condé Nast’s arrival puts a stiletto in the heart of the outdated notion that Lower Manhattan is stuffy and gray,” said Jessica Lappin, president of the Downtown Alliance, a local business organization. “They will accelerate the transformation that’s well underway and create additional demand-side pressure for more cool restaurants, art galleries and bars.”

    Sorry Jessica, but local residents are not embracing the “transformation.” Tens of thousands of additional tourists and then tens of thousands of workers. When did the introduction of tourists and workers = favorable transformation for residents? Here comes the Olive Garden Tribeca coming to a Greenwich corner near you.

  3. also is a “stiletto” being put in the heart of something, a good thing? Did the Conde Nast PR girls come up with that brand brandishing phrase?

  4. Sorry Cami, but the vast majority of us ARE embracing the change! There is no Olive Garden coming to Tribeca. LOL! What is coming is Colicchio, McNally, Robouchon, Eataly and many other restaurants that we most definitely want in addition to tons of retailers that we also would like the opportunity to shop at. Movie theater? We’re getting the city’s most luxurious one of those as well. Nordstorm? They’re on the hunt. Lots more on the way, and yes, many of us look forward to it! :-)