Once upon a time, there was incredible excitement for the soaring World Trade Center transportation hub designed by Santiago Calatrava. Now, it's considered a bloated boondoggle, and the NY Times sticks a few more nails in the coffin: "The price tag is approaching $4 billion, almost twice the estimate when plans were unveiled in 2004. Show More Summary
The Supreme Court yesterday denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in a case that's been going on since 2008, pitting a real estate developer against the owner of the World Trade Center site to figure out who was going to pay for cleanup costs related to the September......
Chris Rock recently hosted Saturday Night Live. During the show's normal intro section, he did around 10 minutes of standup. One of the targets of his wicked humor was the new World Trade Center. He said he would never go in it. There were audible gasps, and a bit of controversy followed. Show More Summary
In a new review of One World Trade Center—one of a many that have dropped in the last few months—New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman writes that the tower "speaks volumes about political opportunism, outmoded thinking and upside-down urban...
The recently-opened One World Trade Center is officially the world's most expensive building. Costing $2 billion more than Vegas' Palazzo casino and London's The Shard, 1WTC cost $3.9 billion. The world's tallest building, Dubai's Burj Khalifa, is number five at (only) $1.5 billion. READ MORE »
To supplement his One World Trade Center architecture review for the Chicago Tribune, critic Blair Kamin tweeted out this chart published by the construction data miners at Emporis. According to the graphic, NYC's (lackluster?) One World Trade Center is...
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a New York real estate developer’s lawsuit against the leaseholder of the destroyed World Trade Center and two airlines seeking environmental cleanup costs related to the Sept. Show More Summary
This Ferguson graphic I created has now cracked 600k likes. https://t.co/YLVUCEkZrn pic.twitter.com/tvC9JgTLLk — John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) November 28, 2014 One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty from the
New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman wrote what many of us have been thinking since we began watching the obelisk of tinted SUV windows rise out of Lower Manhattan: 1 World Trade Center is a boring, "monomaniacal" corporate monument. A pointy Duane Reade. A cellophane'd turkey sandwich. A Sharper Image toothpick. [ more › ]
In September 2001, just a few days after the World Trade Center was destroyed, I found myself outside a Broadway theater, looking up at what was, once again, the tallest building in New York. But it was a foggy night, and for a split second, part of the Empire State Building disappeared from view. Show More Summary
On Friday, Gawker reported that Vogue’s brand-new offices at 1 World Trade Center had a predicament as old as New York City itself: a rat infestation. It’s already gotten so bad that editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is wary of entering her personal office. Over the next three days, two other outlets reported even grosser details. You might want to sit down. Read more...
Artist José Parlá created the massive mural in the lobby of One World Trade Center. Meant to stand as a symbol of diversity, ONE: Union of the Senses took eight months in his studio and two weeks on site to complete. READ MORE »
Vogue's downtown migration to One World Trade Center was documented with military precision on Instagram. Models pitched in (though it must have been tough to get much done in a floor-length gown). Will.i.am helped schlep boxes, for some reason. Now the magazine is firmly established downtown, and amid the helicopter-assisted... More »
Earlier this month, Condé Nast commenced its long-anticipated move to 1 World Trade Center, whose landlord is counting on the magazine publisher to anchor the building and attract other hip companies to the fortified Financial District. The ongoing rodent problem at Vogue, however, might give some prospective tenants pause. Even Anna Wintour is worried. Read more...
"The building seems... not without nationalistic embarrassment, dumb—a meathead tower." Even before it opened earlier this month, One World Trade Center, formerly the Freedom Tower, drew tepid reviews from the architecture commentariat. Show More Summary
A Manhattan real estate broker proposed to his girlfriend of five years on 1 World Trade Center’s 85th floor Tuesday — and she said yes.
The new identity for the World Trade Center is the latest in a series of recent World Trade Centre marks that look forward as well as back
Window washer Juan Lopez, after escaping a dangling scaffold at One World Trade Center, said he and a colleague never panicked despite their mid-air predicament.
The Port Authority has stopped all window washing operations at One World Trade Center after yesterday's scary incident where two window washers were left dangling from the 69th floor after a cable snapped. The Port Authority is investigating why the one of four cables broke, leading to a heart-stopping sight. [ more › ]
Cavalcade Of Risk #221,: Birds of a Feather - Claire Wilkinson of Terms + Conditions hosts this weeks' biweekly roundup, and it's a good one! First up: Peril, and Daring, at 1 World Trade Center as Window Washers Are Trapped - Dramatic photos and reports of yesterday's rescue via the New York Times. Today's report: Workers Rescued From Dangling Scaffolding...