The skyscraper at 375 Pearl Street is getting a giant makeover. According to Dave Sabey, founder and CEO of Sabey Corporation, it will be the largest high-rise data center in the world. Sabey owns the 32-floor building, which will hold a giant supercomputer. Its computational power will be devoted to gene sequencing research at the New York Genome Center. The center is a collaboration between Cornell, NYU, Columbia, Mt. Sinai and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to identify the genetic basis for diseases.
Critics say data farms don’t belong in Manhattan. They claim structures like this should remain outside of the city because they consume both valuable energy and scarce real estate resources.