Facebook Doubles NYC Office Space

Facebook signed a 10-year lease that will nearly double its New York City office space.

The new office will be two floors at 770 Broadway and designed by architect Frank Gehry, who is also building the social network's Menlo Park headquarters, according to TechCrunch. Facebook is expected to move into the building in early 2014.

Currently, Facebook has 55,000 square feet on Madison Avenue that it originally opened in 2008 for sales and marketing. Since then, its engineering, design, and communications team joined the group. The new lease is in the East Village in a space called "Silicon Alley," where tech companies settle in the Big Apple.

Gehry was chosen for his "cutting-edge" design at a good price. Facebook told TechCrunch, "We expect the space to be very similar to our West Campus plan. This will include open floor plans, natural lighting, and an emphasis on space for collaboration.” 

Facebook will be sharing the 107-year-old building with AOL, and the extra space is aimed to "offer more perks" to employees.  "We’ll have room to build out a full service kitchen and serve great food throughout the day,” wrote Serkan Piantino, the head of Facebook New York’s engineering team, in a Facebook post.
New York City's tech scene is a vital one, simply for the fact that most of the country's media is headquartered there. It makes sense that Facebook would double its space and presence there, especially to recruit new workers.
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