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Google Opens Full Scale New York Office

Eric Auchard (reuters@telecom-digest.)
Tue, 03 Oct 2006 12:54:08 -0500

Google Inc. has consolidated 500 of its advertising and engineering
staff into a single location in the fashionable former meatpacking
district of lower Manhattan, the company confirmed on Monday.

Google is leasing around 300,000 square feet of office space on three
floors in a building that takes up a full city block along Ninth
Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, Google spokeswoman Sunny
Gettinger said.

The office, which is Manhattan's second largest commercial building,
is located along the brick-covered streets of the former meat-packing
neighborhood of New York -- an area now overrun with up-scale bistros,
bars and boutique hotels.

New York is home to the Web search leader's largest advertising sales
office and its second largest engineering team. Monday was the first
day all employees moved into the new location, Gettinger said.

The spokeswoman declined to comment on the cost of the lease.

The New York Post reported Monday that the company will pay at least
$10 million a year in rent, citing unspecified "real estate industry
estimates," and hire hundreds more staff.

Google's New York advertising staff previously worked out of cramped
quarters on Broadway near Times Square, ironically on the same block as
Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - news), Google's arch-rival in the online
advertising business.

Google, based in Mountain View, California, had nearly 8,000 full-time
employees at the end of June, an increase of 17 percent from a year

(Additional reporting by Eric Auchard in San Francisco)

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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