Facebook to lease 730,000 square feet in Manhattan


FILE – This March 29, 2018 file photo, shows the logo for social media giant Facebook at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. Britain’s competition watchdog signalled on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2019, its willingness to push for stricter rules to counter Google and Facebook ‘s dominance of online advertising. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has agreed to lease the former main post office in New York City.

The social media giant rented all of the office space in the James A. Farley Building in Midtown Manhattan which is 107-year-old and has 730,000 square feet, according to the property’s developer, Vornado Realty Trust.

Facebook now has 2.2 million square feet of office space in the city, all on Manhattan’s West Side. Apple, Amazon and Google all lease space in the same area.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement that this investment “fortifies New York as an international center of innovation.”

Facebook’s space at Farley, which is being repurposed as an office building and train hub, and at the nearby Hudson Yards complex could allow the company to move another 8,500 workers to the city.

Facebook secured 1.5 million square feet at Hudson Yards along the Hudson Riverfront late last year. The company currently has around 4,000 employees in its Manhattan offices.

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