Google Commits $1 Billion to New York City Expansion Plans

In the wake of tech giants Amazon and Apple detailing their latest expansion plans, Google unveiled specifics regarding its planned facilities in New York City. The company, which currently employs more than 7,000 people in New York, announced it plans to spend $1 billion on its new Google Hudson Square campus, which will provide more than 1.7 million square feet of space in lower Manhattan. “We will have the capacity to more than double the number of Googlers in New York over the next 10 years,” explained Ruth Porat, SVP and CFO of Google and Alphabet. 

“New York City continues to be a great source of diverse, world-class talent — that’s what brought Google to the city in 2000 and that’s what keeps us here,” wrote Porat on the Google Blog. “Earlier this year, we announced the $2.4 billion purchase of the Manhattan Chelsea Market and shared plans to lease additional space at Pier 57. Google Hudson Square will be the primary location for our New York-based Global Business Organization.”

According to Porat, Google employees in NYC are presently “working on a broad range of teams including Search, Ads, Maps, YouTube, Cloud, Technical Infrastructure, Sales, Partnerships and Research.”

“The announcement follows plans from other tech giants to expand their operations outside their home bases, such as Amazon’s new HQ2 headquarters in New York and Virginia,” reports CBS News. “And last week, Apple detailed plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, as well as open offices in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California.”

Google “plans to move into two of its new locations in New York, at 315 and 345 Hudson Street, by 2020, and another office at 550 Washington Street in 2022.”

Last week, we reported that “tech players such as Apple, Amazon and Google are increasingly moving beyond Silicon Valley as part of strategic expansion plans and the ongoing search for new tech talent.”