Google has leased another 57,000 square feet of space at 111 Eighth Avenue, according to the New York Observer. This is in addition to the 270,000 square feet of space the company leased back in 2005. New York media have been intrigued with Google’s large presence in the building, but all reports indicate that the company’s leased space is used for business and sales operations.
That’s somewhat curious, since 111 Eighth Avenue is also one of the most wired carrier hotel properties in New York, and a key intersection for the Internet’s largest networks. Peering records show that Google participates in public peering at the NYIIX exchange, which operates in Switch and Data’s PAIX facility at the building, but there are not indications that Google operates one of its own data centers at the site. But plenty of other companies do.
111 Eighth Avenue was built in 1932 as the Port Authority Commerce Building. It is the third-largest building in New York City with 2.8 million square feet. New York’s Google office is located here along with many other large companies including MCI, Sprint, Level 3, Qwest, Switch and Data, Digital Realty Trust and Telx.