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Goog To Enhance Presence in New York

     
4:21 pm on Sep 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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111 Eighth Avenue, designed by Lusby Simpson and completed in 1932 to house the Port Authority of New York, is one of the largest buildings in the city, an architectural marvel, and a landmark. Looming like a 15-story locomotive over Chelsea, the mammoth red-brick structure occupies an entire city block between Eighth and Ninth avenues and 15th and 16th streets—a footprint larger than two football fields. And a footprint big enough for Google's giant steps.
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Although not exclusively a telecommunications switching center, it's a major hub. The building's website touts that it houses "40 of the leading domestic and international carriers".
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They have very tight security - you get photographed when you go inside.
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Still others have suggested that Google is building something akin to Skynet, the malicious computer network that in The Terminator became "self-aware" and launched a war to destroy humanity.

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12:22 am on Sept 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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wow, 300,000 feet is a ton of space
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They have very tight security. You get photographed when you go inside.

Google has detained hundreds of visitors, refusing to let them leave for any reason. On a number of very underground blogs, there has been much speculation as to their ultimate fate.

Only a handful are known to have made it out. In an exclusive interview with Penn and Teller, the lucky escapees said they had told Google they had been clicking on their own AdSense ads, so Google kicked them out.

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Car_Guy,

That was hilarious. I laughed out so loudly and disturbed everyone around.

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12:46 pm on Sept 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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They have very tight security. You get photographed when you go inside.

We know that in New York, this is the bare minimum for an office building. I'm sure visitor access will be highly restricted and other New York-style security requisites such as reflective tints on the windows may be in order.

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about time they moved out of their old ny offices. the current ny office is a bit small for an operation the size of google. also the new location is probably less $ per square foot.
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Not bad
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Google's blockbuster invasion of New York and its impending takeover of nearly two floors of the massive building aim to make New York City a key component of its little-publicized global expansion

first graf made it sound like they bought the whole building. but that doesn't seem to be the case...