My Experience at Google New York with Vanessa Fox

Nov 4, 2006 • 6:18 pm | comments (3) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine

So this past Friday, Vanessa Fox from Google Seattle, who runs the Google Webmaster Central Blog and all those cool tools, was in New York this week. She invited me to tour the new Google New York office on 76 Ninth Avenue. So I stopped by for about an hour and snapped a few pics of the office.

You can see an image of the huge building where Google leases two floors of the building, at Google Maps.

I parked under the building, parking was about $23 for two hours of parking. I then walked through the lobby, signed in (took about 5 minutes), and then went to the 4th floor to the main Google Lobby. Here is a picture of that.

Google NYC (New York)

I signed in on this computer that automatically printed a name badge for me. I then was greeted by Vanessa Fox. We went for a tour of the new office, the fourth floor is filled with Google Engineers, so I was not allowed to take pictures of the algorithms on their desks or on the walls, I am sorry.

Here is a pic of Vanessa in front of one of the Google cafes there, (yes, all food is free).

Google NYC (New York)

After that we walked to one of the game rooms, it was obviously packed with games. I don't believe any Googlers were that playing any games.

Google NYC (New York) Google NYC (New York)

We also stopped by the main cafeteria room, where she showed me all the fresh free food and drinks, including a selection of kosher food. The cafeteria was packed at the time, being that I was there during lunch time.

After that, she showed me her temporary cube and then we said our good byes.

Oh, I forgot, the main mode of transportation from one side of the Google office to the other are these little scooters. The building is again, one full city block.

Thanks Vanessa for the invite, really cool place and it was fun chatting!

I posted a forum thread at Search Engine Roundtable Forums for further discussion.

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