Google said Tuesday it will spend $2.1 billion on the purchase of a large office building in Manhattan on the Hudson River to further strengthen the fast-growing tech giant’s presence in New York and the pandemic and transformative city. will bring a glimmer of hope. for remote work.
The purchase price of the building, St. John’s Terminal, is one of the largest construction deals in the United States in recent years and comes after Google bought more large properties in Manhattan, a massive east coast complex. Gather. Public.
Even before the pandemic, the four big tech companies — Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook — were rapidly increasing their operations and workforce in New York. Its expansion during the pandemic is one of the few bright spots for the city as it seeks to promote an economic recovery during the pandemic.
Google has leased 1.3 million square meters of space. The company employs 12,000 people in New York – one of its largest field offices outside its California headquarters – and announced Tuesday that it will add an additional 2,000 people to the city in the coming years.
The tech company said it would allow its employees to work remotely in a hybrid setting even after the pandemic and recently postponed plans to return to the office in early 2022 due to Delta’s highly contagious version.
Announcing the news in a blog post, Google said, “As Google moves towards a more flexible hybrid approach to work, collaboration for working together and building community will continue to be an important part of our future.”