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.
The offender (described as “heavyset,” wearing an orange shirt and blue jeans) scratched the symbol onto the button for the 14th floor around 10:30 p.m., which is especially unnerving since that place usually seems locked down tighter than the Federal Reserve building.
Google owns the building, but it’s packed with a wide variety of tenants (many of whom, by the way, Google is finding damn near impossible to get rid of). Nike’s based there, ditto startups Livestream and Spotify, and it’s where the inaugural classes of the Cornell-Technion tech campus are being held. According to the Post, the Jewish Agency for Israel also has an office in the building. It looks like it’s the advertising firm Deutsch, Inc. that’s on the 14th floor, though there may be other tenants, as well.
“As soon as we found it we turned it over to the authorities,” said a spokesman for Taconic Management Company, which handles the building for Google. “We take these matters very seriously, and we’re working closely with the NYPD in the investigation.”