A Brief History of 4 Times Square

Construction begins on 4 Times Square, touted as New York's first green skyscraper, a 48-story, 1.6 million-square-foot office building.

Condé Nast moves into 700,000 square feet of the building. Late architectural critic Herbert Muschamp called the building "a picture of commercial architecture at its most inventive."

Conde Nast Cafeteria, 4 Times Square

Frank Gehry's twisting glass-and-blue-titanium cafeteria opens. The space seats 260, and is rumored to have cost upward of $30 million. Mr. Newhouse bans garlic.

Architect Bruce Fowle speaks at the National Building Museum's symposium, in a talk titled "The Future of Skyscrapers." He said that he kept the building's "dignified corporate entry as far east as possible," away from what he called "the razzle-dazzle."

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Investigators found that city retailers did not ID underage minors before selling them cigarettes.

Vanity Fair employees call the New York City health department on editor Graydon Carter, who was smoking with the door closed in his office. "I find Mayor Bloomberg's smoking laws to be nothing short of asinine and their enforcement to be nothing short of harassment," Mr. Carter wrote in an email to The Times' David Carr.

2007 - COO John Belando announces that Condé is considering moving into space in the West Side rail yards if the Durst Organization wins the bid to build there.

2008 - The M.T.A. awards the bid to another developer.

July: CEO Charles Townsend announces that McKinsey consultants will help executives "rethink" the company.

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October: Four magazines fold, including Gourmet. Self editor Lucy Danziger begins to ride her bike to the office to get more out of her budget. David Remnick sticks with the subway. Anna Wintour continues in a town car.

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