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  1. 1 WTC Window Washers Want to Stay GroundedLiterally.
  2. 1 World Trade Center Welcomes (Some of) Condé Nast Starting TodayThe Freedom Tower finally meets its glossiest tenant.
  3. One World Trade Center Is Officially the Most American Building in the CountryAnd the tallest, at 1,776 feet.
  4. Watch One World Trade Center’s Spire Light Up The glow can be seen from 50 miles away.
  5. Coming Soon
    Susur Lee Opening 1WTC Restaurant in 2015The chef will operate a high-end Chinese restaurant located on the Freedom Tower’s 66th floor.
  6. Amber Valletta Is Doing a Vogue Shoot at the Freedom Tower Right Now“Fashion at Freedom Tower.”
  7. One World Trade Center Is Now 1,776 Feet Tall (on Paper)It’s debatable.
  8. One World Trade Center Is Really Almost DoneSee the spire that was lifted today.
  9. Freedom Fries
    What to Expect From the New Restaurant at the World Trade Center ObservatoryLegends Hospitality operates many concessions inside sports stadiums.
  10. One World Trade Center Might Not Officially Reach 1,776 FeetThere’s a fight over the antenna.
  11. Condé Nast Is Making Things Difficult at 1 WTCAlready!
  12. At One World Trade, Condé Nast Faces the Unthinkable: CUBICLESDun dun DUNNNN.
  13. Glimmering Sheath Around Base of One World Trade Center NixedIt’s already cost $10 million.
  14. Not Happening
    So Much for Windows on the World 2.0It seems there won’t be a restaurant at the top of the new World Trade Center.
  15. Port Authority and Larry Silverstein Make Nice, for NowHow long until construction at ground zero begins?
  16. Fox News: Could the Middle East Own the World Trade Center?This is helpful.
  17. Tentative Deal Reached for Development of Two WTC TowersProject requires about $1.6 billion in public financing and subsidies.
  18. 1 World Trade Center Spire May Have Aesthetic Value After AllSince the Port Authority’s broadcast client backed out, there’s no utilitarian reason for the tower’s famous spire.
  19. 1 WTC: A Return to Linguistic NormalcyFor far too long, the use of “freedom” has been a cheap rhetorical trick.
  20. One World Trade Center, Now With Less FreedomMarketers selling office space at ground zero have decided to ditch the name “Freedom Tower.”
  21. Clarity Emerges at Ground Zero, and Larry Silverstein Clearly Is Not a Key IngredientLarry Silverstein’s office towers are in jeopardy and nobody in government is too worried about salvaging them.
  22. The Freedom Tower Has an Empty Dance CardThe Port Authority is offering it up for sale, according to the ‘Post.’ That, and more city news in our daily industry roundup.
  23. Lehman Liquidates Three Funds to the Tune of $1 BillionWhat’s going on with Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, and the News. Corp — as well as the Willets Point Stadium, ‘Us Weekly,’ and Wall Street. Read our daily roundup.
  24. Bankers to Paulson: You’re Kidding, Right? (Updated)Wall Streeters hope that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s plan for overhauling the U.S. financial system is an April Fools’ joke, Goldman head Lloyd Blankfein buys his maid a nice apartment, and someone has a birthday in our roundup of finance, law, media, and real-estate news.
  25. Mediavore
    Hung to Cook in Midtown Kitchen; Chirico Pleads Not Guilty to ExtortionTop Chef winner Hung Huynh will begin a one-month stint at kosher restaurant Solo on March 2; Justin Smillie, formerly of Barbuto, has replaced Akhtar Nawab at the E.U. [NYT] Related: Akhtar Nawab to *NOT* Leave E.U., Will Open New Restaurant If you’re clamoring for a Valentine’s Day tablecloth dinner at White Castle, you still might be able to get one. [Eater] Master Purveyors will live on: The fire destroyed the offices, but the meat is still safe and sound in the warehouse. [Crain’s NY] Related: Venerable Meat Purveyor Struck By Fire
  26. NewsFeed
    Windows on the World Creator Thinks About the Freedom TowerThe chance to put a restaurant at the top of the Freedom Tower seems like a peerless opportunity all right — at least, that’s what the Port Authority hoped when it invited restaurateurs to propose plans for the new space, set to open in 2013, earlier this week. But we only know one person who has created a major restaurant atop the city’s highest skyscraper: Michael Whiteman, who with his partner Joe Baum created Windows on the World (which the Freedom Tower’s restaurant will be the de facto replacement for). Whiteman is something of an expert on skyscraper restaurants: He also created the modern version of the Rainbow Room, along with top-floor restaurants in Singapore and Taipei. We asked him how hard it was going to be for whoever won the contract.
  27. Mediavore
    Freedom Tower Seeks Restaurant Developer; Le Cirque Does Restaurant Week AllStarting today, the Port Authority is accepting early bids from developers for control of a two-story restaurant atop the Freedom Tower, with a grand opening slated for early 2013. [The Real Estate/NYO] More bad news about the FDA: It’s “so understaffed that, at its current pace, the agency would need at least 27 years to inspect every foreign medical device plant that exports to the United States, 13 years to check every foreign drug plant and 1,900 years to examine every foreign food plant.” [NYT] Le Cirque’s Restaurant Week menus are such a hit that the Maccioni clan is going to make them available every weekday in February. [Zagat]
  28. Freedom Tower Peeks Over Ground-Zero Sidewalks? Oh, the excitement back in January, when Freedom Tower construction finally — five-plus years after the attacks — reached the towering height of eight feet below sidewalk level. The milestone was marked by a festive “Metro” section article in the Times, explaining just where you had to stand, and just how you had to crane your neck, to get a view of this feat of construction. So it’s with even greater exultation that we discovered this picture on Curbed today, which seems to indicate that construction has — are you sitting down? — actually progressed to above ground! Of course, the Curbed boys speculate what we’re seeing is merely a few Portajohns. Perhaps. But, even so, hey, we’ll take what we can get. WTC Chaos Update: Something Rises Above Grade! [Curbed] Earlier: The Freedom Tower Exists for Anyone Who Truly Believes In It
  29. Take a Look at the Freedom Tower Lobby Some day — one hopes sooner rather than later — the Freedom Tower will be an actual building, not just an idea to argue about, and that building will have a lobby. Daily Intel got the first look at renderings of the planned lobby, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. A 60-foot-high expanse of prismatic glass looks out on the memorial pool. “The lobby sheds light into the memorial pool,” explained SOM’s TJ Gottesdiener. “And the front door is celebrated.” Where the old Twin Towers sealed themselves from the street, the new lobby echoes the old bustle of downtown — true to the notion that Daniel Libeskind laid out before he lost control of the building’s design. “The greatest thing about Danny’s master plan is that it lets streets flow,” Gottesdiener said. Got that? Even more impressive than the renderings, SOM just said something nice about Libeskind. —Alec Appelbaum
  30. Wanna Buy the Freedom Tower? • Guess what Port Authority is going to do with the Freedom Tower once the construction is over? What every owner of a half-built property dreams of doing: Flip it. By its completion in 2011, the skyscraper may be up for sale, say Spitzer and Corzine. [Metro] • Meet Mathieu Eugene, the City Council’s newest member and the first Haitian to fill the seat. Eugene won a low-profile, low-turnout special election in Brooklyn after his predecessor, Yvette Clarke, moved on to Congress. [NYP] • Busta Rhymes, on trial for kicking a fan and beating up a former chauffeur, rejected a deal that would land him in jail for a cred-building six months. The alternative: probation, anger management, and two weeks of lecturing kids about violence. [NYDN] • In New York, we wage our war on Christmas all year round — and we’re winning it, too. The U.S. Supreme Court washed its hands of the Brooklyn-filed case that challenged the citywide ban on school nativity displays. (Menorahs and Islamic crescents, however, are totally okay). [FoxNews.com] • And in New Jersey, a similar battle with a techie twist: A public-school history teacher is in hot water after a student taped him proselytizing (“If you reject [Jesus], you belong in hell,” etc.) and saying that dinosaurs were on Noah’s ark. [NYT]
  31. The Freedom Tower Exists for Anyone Who Truly Believes in It How starved is the city for any tangible progress at ground zero? Well, consider this bit from today’s Times: Stand on Vesey Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets. Look through the chain-link fences and over the Jersey barriers. The tops of six columns of the tower’s south perimeter are now visible, sprouting from the depths of ground zero. A seventh column, standing alone nearby, is where the Freedom Tower’s east plaza will be … They are visible from the sidewalk now because a second tier of steel has been added to each column, bringing them up to about 8 feet below street level. That’s right, reporter David Dunlap gives you step-by-step instructions on where to stand, which way to face, and how hard to squint to see the thicket of steel that will eventually become the foundation for the Freedom Tower. Imagine the corks that will pop when the construction actually reaches sidewalk level. What a View to Behold, and It’s Really Something [NYT]
  32. More Real, Actual Freedom Tower Progress In 2003, George Pataki expected the superstructure of Freedom Tower to have reached its full 1,776 feet by this September. In 2004, he presided over the cornerstore-laying for the building. And yesterday, finally, the first steel beams were installed there. (How is this different than that other first-things-being-installed ceremony a few weeks ago? We seem to recall that one involved concrete rather than steel.) Two beams were the result of yesterday’s work — there’ll be 27 in total — and they top out some 40 feet below street level. So thanks, Pataki, for that awesome leadership. You’ve shown the terrorists! Pataki Finds Satisfaction in New Roots at 9/11 Site [NYT]
  33. Freedom Tower Construction Finally Begins, Boringly You see all that excitement? Let the historical record reflect that Saturday, November 18, was the start of construction on Freedom Tower. A mere five years after the Twin Towers were destroyed, and a mere two and a third years after the Freedom Tower cornerstone was laid, the concrete foundation was poured for the 1,776-foot office building. Of course, you still won’t see anything above street level till 2008. Exciting! A Towering Start [NYDN]
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