Google Entertains Real Estate Industry At NYC Offices

The Real Estate Connect conference is in New York this week and participants were invited to hang out at Google HQ East last night, Their invitation says it all:

Google would like to invite you to an evening at our New York office. While you are
in town for the 2008 Inman Real Estate Connect, we want to make you feel at home.
So we're turning our Caf into a sports bar where everyone will feel like a local.
Stop by after the conference and join us for fun, food, and drinks.

Fun - We'll keep you entertained with music and sports highlights. There will be foosball, shuffleboard, hoops, and classic video games. In addition we will be raffling off Flip video cameras, the simple way to shoot and share videos, so you
will never have to say "you should have been there" again.
Food - We'll be serving a variety of bar friendly fare including wings, mini hamburgers, nachos, and more.
Drinks - A sports bar would not be complete without a full bar, wine, and beers on tap. We'll also have soda, juice, and water if you don't want to indulge.

The event was fun. Google put aside their 8th floor cafeteria and balcony area for their visitors.

I have been to a bunch of Google offices and I like the new NYC space. It is spacious - so much so that they have razors scooters that you use and leave for the next person.- and the facilities reflect that youthful aspect of many of its employees. Industrial space gives it a retro feel, while the foosball and other games reinforce it.

Though there was a Wii that proved popular, the older games seemed to be popular. Drinks, snacks and good company made for a cool event. Thanks for the invite Google.

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