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NYC Subway Wi-Fi Provider Opening Hub at 375 Pearl Street


Transit Wireless, the company putting infrastructure for cellular service and Wi-Fi in all 279 New York City subway stations, has signed a deal with landlord Sabey Data Center Properties for 11,000 square feet at Intergate.Manhattan, formerly the Verizon Building, according to Sabey Data Center Properties.

The new 15-year lease in the 32-story, 1-million-square-foot building at 375 Pearl Street is being renovated with an  end-of-year completion date. The building, which is located at the foot of the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge, provides access to an enormous energy and cooling system for Transit Wireless’ computers, according to a spokesman for Sabey Data Centers.

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Transit Wireless has already delivered wireless connectivity to 130 of the city’s subway stations.

“It will be Transit Wireless’ focal point and its control center,” John Sabey, the president of Sabey Data Center Properties, said in prepared remarks. “Millions of subway riders will be connecting through Transit Wireless, and Sabey Data Center [Properties] will be powering those connections. This is proof, in essence, that data centers are the utility of the Internet age.”

Transit Wireless, which is a subsidiary of Broadcast Australia Infrastructure, won the contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 2007 for the subway project. Transit Wireless has its main office at 192 Lexington Avenue between East 31st and East 32nd Streets and smaller data center locations in the city.

“They wanted the most elite data center in the city and 375 Pearl has great infrastructure,” said Alan Bonett of Adams & Company Real Estate who handled the deal for Transit Wireless with colleague Bradley Cohn. “Everything they wanted was in this building.”

Michael Morris of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank brokered the deal on behalf of Sabey Data Center Properties.

The building at 375 Pearl Street has data center space for companies such as Internet housing provider Datagram, and Sabey Data Center Properties announced plans last year to renovate 15 upper stories at the building to provide office space for new tenants, as Commercial Observer previously reported.

The New York Police Department is moving several units from its headquarters at 1 Police Plaza to an 18,000-square-foot space on the 22nd floor of 375 Pearl Street, as CO reported.