It’s not quite the Googleplex, but for that they’d have to rip up Central Park. Google has purchased a building in New York City for the sky-high price of $1.8 billion. The 18-story building, with the address 111 8th Avenue, occupies an entire city block and has 3 million square feet of space, making it bigger, in square footage,  than the Empire State Building.

According to initial reports, the price was about $700 per square foot, considerably higher than the average New York City price of about $500. Google previously rented space in the building, but now it is consolidating its Internet empire, extending from sea to shining sea.
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