Shrine to Western Decadence Planned at Ground Zero: Conde Nast Wants to Move to New World Trade Center

A blog about politics, sports, media, stuff
Aug. 3 2010 2:18 PM

Shrine to Western Decadence Planned at Ground Zero: Conde Nast Wants to Move to New World Trade Center

Just as Lower Manhattan was preparing to wholeheartedly embrace Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia law , the New York Times is reporting that Conde Nast—publisher of depraved pornographic magazines such as Vogue, the New Yorker, and Architectural Digest—is in negotiations to lease new headquarters in 1 World Trade Center , the project previously known as the Freedom Tower:

[T]wo executives, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the pending deal, said that Condé Nast would take up to one million square feet in the 2.6 million-square-foot skyscraper.


This might seem to place the "Ground Zero Mosque" within the context of diversified redevelopment—reminding people outside New York that Lower Manhattan is an ongoing rebuilding project in a busy city, where many different kinds of institutions can thrive side by side. It suggests that the city is a real place, with a past and a future, rather than a static backdrop for ideological puppet-theater shows put on by people who don't even live there. 

Eh, what fun is that? Let's say it's yet another attempt by America-haters to insult the victims of 9/11. The coastal media elites and their summer interns will traipse lightly into the office, worrying about hemlines and punctuation, on the actual ground where American heroes died. Hang on, that's more than 140 characters. Stay off Ground Zero Anna Wintour! 9/11 is the September Issue 4 ALL REAL AMERICANS. There.

Tom Scocca is the managing editor of Deadspin and the author of Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future.


Medical Examiner

Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola

Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.

It’s Legal for Obama to Bomb Syria Because He Says It Is

Divestment Is Fine but Mostly Symbolic. There’s a Better Way for Universities to Fight Climate Change.

I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights

Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.

It Is Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

Building a Better Workplace

In Defense of HR

Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.

Why Is This Mother in Prison for Helping Her Daughter Get an Abortion?

How Ted Cruz and Scott Brown Misunderstand What It Means to Be an American Citizen

  News & Politics
Sept. 23 2014 12:43 PM Occupy Wall Street How can Hillary Clinton be both a limousine liberal and a Saul Alinsky radical?
Sept. 23 2014 2:08 PM Home Depot’s Former Head of Security Had a Legacy of Sabotage
Sept. 23 2014 1:57 PM Would a Second Sarkozy Presidency End Marriage Equality in France?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 23 2014 2:32 PM Politico Asks: Why Is Gabby Giffords So “Ruthless” on Gun Control?
  Slate Plus
Political Gabfest
Sept. 23 2014 3:04 PM Chicago Gabfest How to get your tickets before anyone else.
Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2014 2:31 PM 3 Simpsons Showrunners Reflect on New Fans and the “Classic Era” Myth
Future Tense
Sept. 23 2014 1:50 PM Oh, the Futility! Frogs Try to Catch Worms off of an iPhone Video.
  Health & Science
Sept. 23 2014 1:38 PM Why Is Fall Red in America but Yellow in Europe? A possible explanation, 35 million years in the making.
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.