Google on Tuesday announced it would spend $2.1 billion to buy a sprawling Manhattan office building on the Hudson River waterfront, further cementing the tech giant’s rapidly expanding presence in New York City and providing a jolt of optimism for a city lashed by the pandemic and the shift to remote work.
Even before the pandemic, the four firms that make up so-called Big Tech — Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook — had rapidly grown their operations and work force in New York.
Their expansions during the pandemic have been one of the few bright spots for the city as it tries to mount an economic recovery in the pandemic.
Google was already leasing the 1.3 million square-foot property.
The company has 12,000 corporate employees in New York City — one of its largest satellite offices outside its California headquarters — and said on Tuesday it planned to hire another 2,000 workers in the city in the coming years.
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