Condé Nast's Cafeteria Vent: Almost a Dealbreaker at 1 WTC

 Condé Nast's Cafeteria Vent: Almost a Dealbreaker at 1 WTC

That shaft business settled, Si Newhouse signs.

Condé Nast almost walked away from its 25-year deal with the Port Authority for 1 million square feet at 1 World Trade Center (neé the Freedom Tower).  Why?

Because the Port balked at installing a cafeteria ventilation shaft that would have, according to the New York Post‘s Keith Kelly, “blast[ed] … out the southern wall, which some sources felt would have marred the aesthetics of the sheer glass façade overlooking the memorial.”

Ug-ly. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed: the shaft, which could cost up to $1 million, will be on the north  side of 1 WTC and will point toward midtown, thereby blowing the detritus of all that sushi and tofu toward Condé’s soon-to-be-old home at 4 Times Square.

The shaft could still be visible from the street, however, at 25 feet wide and one story high.

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