The first employees at One World Trade Centre will reportedly begin moving in Monday. The tallest skyscraper in New York will be opening its doors for the first time to Condé Nast’s 2,300 employees. According to the publisher, about 175 employees are expected to move in Monday, in what will be the first of a series of moves which will not be completed until February 2015.
“Condé Nast is proud to be a part of this important moment of renewal for the city of New York,” the company said in a statement. “As the first major media company to commit to relocating downtown and as the first tenants of One World Trade Center, we are excited about contributing to the vitality of this community for years to come.” The publisher will occupy over a million square feet, about a third of the 104-story skyscraper, the tallest in the Western Hemisphere.
For many, Monday’s milestone is largely economic, evidence of the continuing reinvigoration of lower Manhattan. And for Condé Nast, the move from Times Square to One World Trade Center symbolizes a corporate pivot toward the digital future for the company that produces the New Yorker, Vogue and Vanity Fair.
“Even 10 years from now, my son will ask me or my daughter will ask me, and I will be like, ‘I was there when the building opened [and] my job was to protect the building,’ ” said Louis Medina, a security guard at One World Trade Center, before succumbing to tears. “A lot of people don’t get a chance to be a part of history even if it is a small part.”
Also new to the neighborhood is a battalion of added police officers. Practically 50 Port Authority cops patrolled the location in the days ahead of 9/11. That quantity has because doubled, with plans for up to 200 by the time all the signed tenants move in.
The tallest creating in the Western Hemisphere, which expense $3.9 billion to develop, was initially scheduled to open in 2006, but price overruns and political infighting caused many delays. The spirit of renewal did not quash memories of the horrific act of terror, but the area has prospered in recent years beyond anyone’s imagination. About 60,000 more residents now live there — three times more than before 9/11 — keeping streets, restaurants and shops alive even after Wall Street and other offices close for the day.
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