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.



The Self-Made Man

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke

Does Your Child Have “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo”? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?

The First Case of Ebola in America Has Been Diagnosed in Dallas

Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10


Mad About Modi

Why the controversial Indian prime minister drew 19,000 cheering fans to Madison Square Garden.

Building a Better Workplace

You Deserve a Pre-cation

The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.

Don’t Panic! The U.S. Already Stops Ebola and Similar Diseases From Spreading. Here’s How.

Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD

The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  News & Politics
Sept. 30 2014 6:59 PM The Democrats’ War at Home Can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?
Sept. 30 2014 7:02 PM At Long Last, eBay Sets PayPal Free
Sept. 30 2014 7:35 PM Who Owns Scrabble’s Word List? Hasbro says the list of playable words belongs to the company. Players beg to differ.
  Double X
Sept. 29 2014 11:43 PM Lena Dunham, the Book More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 30 2014 3:21 PM Meet Jordan Weissmann Five questions with Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.
Brow Beat
Sept. 30 2014 4:45 PM Steven Soderbergh Is Doing Some Next-Level Work on The Knick
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:00 PM There’s Going to Be a Live-Action Tetris Movie for Some Reason
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 30 2014 7:30 AM What Lurks Beneath the Methane Lakes of Titan?
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.