Facebook Has Opened A Massive New Office In New York

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Facebook is starting to move into its new office in the historic Astor Place neighbourhood in New York.

The move marks the start of Facebook’s growth plans for 2014, the year when recruiting top engineering talent is one of Facebook New York’s top priorities, it just announced on its blog.

Facebook currently has more than 100 engineers in New York working on products like Pages, Location News Feed, mobile, and AI.

Three years ago, there were about 80 people working out of Facebook New York. Today, there are four times that number of employees.

As of today, all of those employees will start working in its new office. Even though the move starts today, the office will “officially” open in the spring. Once that happens, Facebook will host tech meetups, open up its doors to the general NYC tech community, and “even throw a party now and then.”

The new space was designed by Frank Gehry, famous for his curvilinear architectural designs like the Guggenheim Bilbao.

770 Broadway is the historic home of John Wanamaker’s department store and currently also houses AOL, Adweek, Backstage, and Billboard.

Facebook's new New York office is located at 770 Broadway at Astor Place.

The building itself has a very special place in the history of advertising and media.

It started as John Wanamaker's department store.

But today, it's home to Facebook, AOL, Adweek, Backstage, and Billboard.

The space is designed by well-known architect Frank Gehry.

As you can tell, it's huge for New York.

In fact, it has two floors.

Just look how epic this space is.

The office space isn't done just yet, but Facebook hopes to complete the project by the end of this spring.

Here, you can get an idea of the general layout. Facebook, unsurprisingly, seems to be going with the open office format.

The move marks the beginning of Facebook's big growth plans for this year.

Facebook wants this office to be home to newly-recruited engineering talent.

But it also helps to create somewhat of a gathering spot for people in the New York tech community.

Facebook envisions hosting things like meetups...

opening up co-working space to young entrepreneurs...

and hosting startup roundtables.

But come on now, what would a Facebook office be without the wall?

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