The first wave of Condé Nast staffers are settling into their new digs at 1 World Trade Center this morning. The publishing house will occupy floors 20 through 44. It purchased the space — 1.2 million square feet — in 2012. But enough about that. We know you’re wondering which editor and staff will be on which floor.
According to The New York Times, Graydon Carter and Vanity Fair staffers have won that competition. While Condé’s CEO Chuck Townsend and other execs will be on the 42nd floor, Carter and Vanity Fair will be on the 41st. David Remnick and The New Yorker will take over the 38th floor; Anna Wintour and Vogue will take the 25th. The 44th floor will be occupied by Condé’s law firm.
Other than Carter jokingly complaining that the move to 1 WTC meant giving up his personal lap pool, the best quote regarding the changes came from Jessica Lappin, president of the Downtown Alliance, a business organization:
Condé Nast’s arrival puts a stiletto in the heart of the outdated notion that Lower Manhattan is stuffy and gray. They will accelerate the transformation that’s well underway and create additional demand-side pressure for more cool restaurants, art galleries and bars.
A stiletto in the heart! That’s so dumb it’s amazing. Someone at Condé should hire her.