Google says it will lease office space at three spots in the West Village to create a new campus for thousands of workers in New York City.
Porat also said that the company's 'Grow with Google' initiative will come to New York City with a temporary digital skills learning centre on the ground floor of its office on 8th Avenue in Chelsea. Back in March, Google paid $2.4 billion for Manhattan's Chelsea Market, which is next door to the company's 111 Eighth Ave. offices, an entire city block the search giant bought for $1.9 billion in 2010. Amazon plans to fill its New York City headquarters in Queens with 25,000 employees. (Pictured above: Artist's rendering of 315 Hudson St., which is now undergoing redevelopment by its owner, real-estate firm Jack Resnick & Sons.) That will be followed by the nearby St. John's Terminal building, at 550 Washington St., in 2022 once the building is complete. NY had 254,270 tech employees last year, with the labor pool growing 17 percent from 2012 through last year. The company is building a new campus in the Hudson Square neighborhood, about a mile south of its current NY headquarters in the Chelsea neighborhood. In total, the new space is reported to span more than 1.7 million square feet. Here, a pedestrian passes by 345 Hudson Street, one of the buildings Google will be using.
The move to invest in prime real estate in the westside of Manhattan also underscores the growing importance of NY as a hub for innovation and an incubator for technology companies.
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The move is the latest high-profile expansion from a US tech giant, following big investments from Apple and Amazon to create new office spaces in New York, Washington, D.C., and Texas.
Mountain View, California-based Google's move to invest in prime real estate on the Lower West Side of Manhattan also underscores the growing importance of NY as a hub for innovation and an incubator for technology companies.
"When we came to New York City nearly two decades ago, it was our first office outside of California", said Google's Senior Vice President and CFO Ruth Porat in a blog post.