Facebook is planning to open an engineering center in New York City, the social-networking giant's first such office outside of the West Coast.
The company made the announcement Friday afternoon and disclosed plans to go on a hiring spree for New York-based engineers. The Facebook office in Manhattan is currently home to the company's marketing and advertising offices.
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"We will hire as much talent as we can find," said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) were on hand for the announcement.
The Bloomberg administration has made the expansion of the city's tech sector a priority during its third term, with a push to attract more firms and plans to open a new applied-science school that will foster the talent sought by both start-ups and established companies like Facebook.
Google is also among the tech companies that have placed a big bet on the city's growing tech scene. The internet-search giant recently bought a massive 2.9 million-square-foot office building in Chelsea where it expects to add to its workforce.
Twitter just moved into a space down the street from Facebook's office on Madison Avenue. In fact, the micro-blogging service actually took office space that Facebook had previously occupied before it moved to its current and larger office.