“I’ll be honest with you,” Gregg Weisser said. “It caught me by surprise.”
Mr. Weisser, the senior vice president and director of commercial real estate at the Moinian Group, was discussing the dramatic rise of Midtown South as a real estate, tech, media and fashion powerhouse. But he likens the fast-paced big-city success story to a leisurely drive upstate.
“It’s like when you’re up in the country, driving in your car with your wife,” Mr. Weisser said. “It’s the middle of October. All of a sudden the trees are yellow and red and—holy shit!—it’s fall! It’s like 10 minutes ago, you were swimming in the Atlantic, and you turn around to autumn. No one can figure out what the hell happened.”
Returning to Midtown South, a confederacy of disparate neighborhoods that he defines as 31st Street south to Canal Street from river to river, Mr. Weisser said, “It was always there. But it wasn’t until there was some critical mass achieved that it took off. I don’t want to say it was Google at 111 Eighth Avenue [that started the boom]; it was before that.”
Despite the ball pit and proximity to the High Line, it seems not everything is happiness and light at 111 Eight Avenue, Google’s home in New York. The New York Post reports that the NYPD is currently seeking a man caught on tape last Thursday, drawing a swastika in the building’s elevator.
In the parlance of the data-center crowd, 111 Eighth Avenue is New York’s premier “CoHo”, or “Carrier Hotel”.
The building’s enormous size and position directly over an important fiber optic line make it one of the “world’s choicest pieces of Internet real estate.”
Wall Street caught on to this early, moving electronic trading Read More
111 Eighth Avenue
The amount of silicon in Manhattan just got bigger. Since Google first occupied the old Port Authority building at 111 Eighth Avenue back in 2006, New York has been rife with speculation about the day-to-day exploits of the Internet empire. What’s it like to work there? Is it Read More
Just 11 years ago, the space was a massive loading dock. Now huge screens dominate a comfortable-looking sunken meeting space, the conference room where “Google NYC” video-chats with other offices of the Internet giant. The room in Google’s Manhattan office at 111 Eighth Avenue is itself emblematic of changes in New York in Read More