Monday marks another big move for Facebook, though this time the change in course is of a more literal variety as the social network's ever-expanding New York branch is setting up shop at the company's new offices at 770 Broadway.
The New York office, designed by Facebook favorite Frank Gehry, is in the Astor Place neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. The space, which is still under construction, will officially open its doors in the spring."Something exciting is happening at Facebook New York where we're beginning the move into our new home at 770 Broadway at Astor Place, a building that holds a special place in the history of advertising and media, from its origin as John Wanamaker's department store to now being not just Facebook's new home, but also the headquarters for AOL, Adweek, Backstage, and Billboard," Carolyn Everson, Facebook's vice president of global marketing solutions, wrote in a status update.
The office spans 90,000 sq ft and includes ample room for 800 desks. The space also features a few coffee bars, several snack stations, and multiple conference rooms. When completed in the spring, Facebook New York at 770 Broadway will have a library, a full cafeteria, a large tech meet-up space, and other yet-to-be disclosed perks, a company spokesperson said.
Facebook's New York team consists of roughly 320 people, 100 of whom are engineers working on products such as Pages, News Feed, mobile and location, artificial intelligence, and infrastructure. The move marks a continued bet on New York as a hub for talent and connections to advertising's movers and shakers.
Update, Tuesday at 11:22 a.m. PT:With additional details from a Facebook spokesperson on the office space.