The Condé Nast Building, officially 4 Times Square, is a modern skyscraper in Times Square in Midtown Manhattan. Located on Broadway between 42nd Street and 43rd, the structure was finished in January 2000 as part of a larger project to redevelop 42nd Street. The building has 48 stories reaching 809 ft (247 m) to make it the 12th tallest building in New York City and the 41st tallest in the United States.
The size of the tower raised concerns from the city about what impact it would have on Times Square. The major office space tenants are magazine publishing company Condé Nast and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, a prominent U.S. law firm. Duane Reade is a major retail tenant. H&M has leased the space formerly occupied by ESPNZone.
4 Times Square is owned by the Durst Organization. The architects were FXFOWLE who also designed the Reuters Building as part of the larger project. The building contains 1,600,000 square feet (150,000 m2) of floor space. In 1995, 4 Times Square was the first speculative office building to be developed in New York City in almost a decade, but it was fully leased and occupied almost immediately after completion. The City Hall chose Fox & Fowle architectural firm to design the building because they were known as the designers of ecologically sustainable buildings.
NASDAQ's MarketSite is located at the northwest corner of the building. It is a seven-story cylindrical tower with a high-tech electronic display, providing market quotes, financial news and advertisements. The ground floor of the MarketSite contains a television studio with a wall of monitors and an arc of windows looking out onto Times Square. Including the antenna, its height is 1,143 ft (348 m), making it the fourth-tallest structure in New York City, behind One World Trade Center, Empire State Building and the Bank Of America Tower.
Condé Nast Building In Popular Culture:
A ghost exact replica of the Condé Nast Building is featured in the Battlestar Galactica universe, as a prominent building in the Caprica City skyline. It can be seen during scene of the city in the series finale Daybreak: Part 2. It can also be seen briefly in the pilot for the Caprica television series. The building is also featured in Grand Theft Auto IV, as part of Liberty City and the recent documentary about Anna Wintour, "The September Issue." It is a central location in The Accidental Husband. It is also featured in police-career simulation game True Crime: New York City, including a realistic version of the building's Times Square location, as well as in the game Prototype as part of the skyline.
The building was the basis for the fictional Elias-Clark building in Lauren Weisberger's novel The Devil Wears Prada, where the head office for fictional Runway magazine is located. Weisberger based the plot on her own experiences as assistant to Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, whose offices are located in the Condé Nast building.