Google announces major expansion in New York City

Google announces major expansion in New York City

Google Hudson Square will become its main facility for its NY based activities. In total, the new campus will cover 1.7 million square feet of space, and Google says the Hudson Square campus will be the primary location for the company's New York-based Global Business Organization-the search giant's sales division.

Back in November, we reported on the possibility of Google's expansion to their NY campus. Amazon.com Inc. recently announced it had split its new second headquarters in half, between the Washington, D.C., suburbs and Long Island City, in the NY borough of Queens.

The new Google campus will be divided among three addresses in the West Village neighborhood: 315 and 345 Hudson Street, and 550 Washington Street, Porat said. Google will move into the two Hudson buildings beginning in 2020, and if 550 Washington Street is completed then Googlers will move in starting in 2022. The latest campus will be approximately 133 acres, making it the largest private employer in the city of Austin.

The 1.7 million square-foot campus will be called Google Hudson Square, according to a company blog post on Monday.

Bottom line: NY is better off relying on its natural advantages to attract employers, and should quit offering special deals in the name of jobs.

But Google is not the only company headed to NY for business expansion. NY in particular also offers proximity to Wall Street and already has the second-biggest concentration of tech startups behind the Bay Area and a large base of tech employees, Bartels said. "In fact, we're growing faster outside the Bay Area than within it, and this year opened new offices and data centres in locations like Detroit, Boulder, Los Angeles, Tennessee and Alabama", Porat concluded. Google's existing workforce strength in NY is somewhere around 7,000, but the company aims to double the number of Google employees in Big Apple over the course of the next 10 years.

"New Yorkers consider themselves to be more in tune with the reality of life in US urban centres and believe this helps them innovate products and services that are more closely aligned with the needs of the average American", he said.

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