When One World Trade Center formally opens next week, it will not have a fancy restaurant at the very top of the building, like Windows on the World in the North Tower of the World Trade Center before it, even though the building's owner, the Port Authority, originally planned for one. Instead, the Port Authority realized, its top three floors would be more valuable as functionally empty space—it will be an observation area for an expected three-and-a-half million people a year.
The New York Post goes big on 9/10 glory with this map that explains where all the human remains were found downtown on 9/11. This isn't just a public service-it's also an argument about the appropriateness of having religious and community centers located downtown. Well we made their map better. Human remains: YOU'RE SHOPPING IN IT. You're BOXING IN IT. You're DRINKING IN IT and ATTENDING CUNY IN IT and you're GOLDMAN SACHSING IN IT.
According to the Port Authority: Fishs Eddy, a well-known housewares store at Broadway and 19th Street, is “unfairly reaping a benefit from an association with the Port Authority and the attacks” of Sept. 11. How? By selling two lines of goods — “212 New York Skyline” and “Bridge and Tunnel” — that are adorned with fanciful, cartoonish depictions of the twin towers, the new 1 World Trade Center and the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, labeled with their names, all of which the agency claims as its own assets.
The Port Authority, the steward of the very idea of 9/11, and all that surrounds and permeates it, is [...]
By 2024, the diggers had forgotten why they were digging. The diggers were the last workers with houses and legally enforceable pensions, negotiated in the time before President Palin, so they never stopped digging. Otherwise they'd be trash-eaters like everyone else. The diggers knew about the pictures on the Internet of two tall buildings at the foot of Manhattan that had supposedly stood in the pit. Sometimes the diggers would argue about these pictures.
"Those are Daniel Libeskind's assistant's original plans for Magical Commerce Sky Towers that were rejected," one digger would say. "What a joke! Look how tall they are-they are like many, many houses, stacked atop each [...]
In today's most shocking media news: "Publishing giant Conde Nast is likely to finalize its 1 million-square-foot lease at One World Trade Center by March, developer Douglas Durst told Crain's today." One meeeeeelllion square feet! God, they must be getting an amazing rate, given how much, oh, everyone who works at Condé Nast despises the idea. They would become only the second tenant to sign up for the World Trade Center (though they claim, with this and other current interest, they'd have 85% leased), which will be completed sometime when our grandchildren will care. (Presumably there will still be magazines in that future.)
The City Room blog had a competition for logos of the forthcoming World Trade Center building! We like this one. We think. The whole thing is, I dunno, somewhere between disturbing and amusing and irritating. Anyway they have a few more years, decades, whatever, to work on the logo before the building gets a foundation.