Hudson Yards, Quantified

New York University has come to an agreement with Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group in order to measure and store data regarding The Hudson Yards neighborhood. The Hudson Yards, once completed, will span 28 acres and will serve as the first “quantified community” within the United States. Collection of personal data will be done on a voluntary basis, but “The goals here tie back to the center’s mission, which is to use big data to make cities better places to live,” stated deputy director of NYU’s Center for Urban and Sciene and Progress, Constantine Kontokosta to Crain’s. Information collected will include foot traffic, energy production, as well as the health and activity of the neighborhood’s residents and workers. [Crains]

Google Search

Google is conducting a search to add 600,000 square feet to its already impressive New York City presence. Google’s physical presence currently resides within both Chelsea Market and 111 Eighth Avenue,  for a combined total of about 750,000 square feet. The search for more space would signify an 80 percent growth within the company. [TRD]

Abington House’s Highline Neighbor

Related Companies is in the works to demolish a 15,447 square-foot structure at 532 West 30th Street and erect a new rental building. The building, when it makes its market debut in the fall of 2016, will boast 300,000 square-foot and 189 units. The site, which was purchased by Related last September for $9 million, is adjacent to Related and Abington Properties 312-unit Abington House. [commercialobserver]

Black House to Pay $115M for Hudson Yards Site

Sean Ludwick of Black House has come to an agreement in which the firm will purchase a group of Hudson Yards parcels; the parcels are located on the corner of West 38th Street and 11th Avenue, across the street from the Jacob K. Javits Center. The site will be developed into a 700-foot tall, 380,000 square-foot hotel and residential tower. While 65% will be dedicated to a hotel, the remaining 115,000 square feet will consist of high-end residential condos. Ludwick is partnering with an Asian equity firm for the deal, and intends to market the condos to foreign investors. Estimated total for the site and corresponding air rights is about $115 million. [Crains]