To Convince Condé Nast to Move to One World Trade, the Port Authority Had to Work Out Where Anna’s Car Would Park


It took a lot to convince Condé Nast to finally agree, officially, to move into One World Trade Center when it’s completed in 2014. According to the Times, negotiations didn’t just involve costs ($60-per-square-foot), terms (25 years) and incentives (the Port Authority will take responsibility for the publisher’s remaining years on their lease at 4 Times Square). They talked about the cafeteria, how they’d get racks and racks of designer dresses in and out, and, most importantly: What to do with all the Town Cars.

After all, there is something of a security issue down there.

Condé Nast executives drilled down to the finest details to understand the building and the site, pondering what would happen, if, for instance, a Ralph Lauren wanted to pull up to the building in a limousine. Would he be able to get in? To give them comfort, Port Authority executives provided extensive traffic studies for both black cars and delivery vehicles, with data on vehicular flows and travel times from Brooklyn, the Upper East and West Sides and Jersey City.

Wait, wait, wait. Is the Times implying that Condé Nast employees might actually commute on the PATH in from New Jersey?

Condé Nast Will Be Anchor of 1 World Trade Center [NYT]