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Omniscient Uber GM Josh Mohrer hails down $3.85M Lincoln Square co-op

Mohrer used "God View" to track a journalist on the ridesharing app in 2014
By Will Parker | March 23, 2017 02:30PM

17 West 71st Street and Josh Mohrer (Credit: Twitter)

Uber drivers can follow the money they’re not making to a new address — the $3.85 million Lincoln Square co-op just purchased by company general manager Josh Mohrer.

The $70 billion startup’s New York City general manager and his wife Petra Cramer snapped up a three-bedroom, three bathroom apartment at 17 West 71st Street for $3.85 million, records filed with the city Thursday show.

In 2014, Mohrer made headlines when he tracked a BuzzFeed journalist who was en route to an interview with him. Mohrer spied on reporter Johana Bhuiyan’s movements using something called “God View,” a tool available internally at Uber corporate. When Bhuiyan arrived, Mohrer greeted her by pointing to his iPhone, saying “There you are… I was tracking you.” Mohrer had previously sent the reporter logs of her personal trips in response to her questions about Uber’s chief rival, Lyft. When BuzzFeed ran a story about Mohrer and “God View,” Uber announced it would investigate Mohrer for violating company policies.

Mohrer lists his favorite internet meme as “All your base are belong to us” on the Uber website so more base, er, real estate acquisitions could be in his future.  When asked to describe himself in one word, Mohrer chose “bosslike,” Uber’s “Meet Josh” webpage shows.

Representatives for Mohrer at Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Halstead TRData LogoTINY agents Andrew Phillips and Amelia Gewirtz represented the sellers on the co-op deal while Compass’ Steve Dawson and Josh Wesoky repped Mohrer.

Uber, which has had a string of terrible publicity in recent weeks, has been lobbying Albany hard for a bill that would allow the startup to expand into Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. A proposal for expansion is supported by the State Senate and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The company slashed rates last year, drawing strikes from hundreds of Uber drivers in New York City. Earlier this month, the New York Times published an investigation of an Uber data tool called Greyball, which according to the Times was used by the company to circumvent local officials’ attempts to regulate Uber worldwide.