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Mapping The Tech Takeover of New York City

Where five tech behemoths are majorly expanding their New York footprint.

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When Amazon abruptly canceled its plans to bring part of its second North American headquarters to New York City, naysayers predicted that the abrupt dissolution of the deal — and the fierce pushback from those who decried the incentives used to woo Amazon — would scare tech companies off from expanding in the city.

But those fears turned out to be misplaced: In December, Amazon announced that it had inked a deal to open a new office in Midtown. While that space is substantially smaller than the campus the tech giant had planned for Long Island City (just 335,000 square feet, versus the more than four million that HQ2 could have been), it’s still enough space to accommodate 1,500 employees — and it’s unlikely that Jeff Bezos & Co. will stop there.

But Amazon isn’t the only tech titan that’s been snapping up New York City real estate in the past year: With the exception of Apple (which is reportedly hunting for more office space in the city), all of the so-called FAANG companies — Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google — have recently inked major leases in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Google is slowly taking over parts of the Meatpacking District and Hudson Square, while Facebook has set its sights on Midtown; Netflix, meanwhile, will bring production space to Brooklyn.

It’s unclear where many of these deals stand in the midst of a global pandemic that is reshaping commercial real estate, and as companies expand their work from home options (Google employees will be working from home until at least summer 2021.) But some are doubling down on their commitment to offices, with Facebook betting big on New York by leasing all the office space in the cavernous James A. Farley Building in Midtown.

Below, see where major tech firms are expanding their presence in New York.

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1. Apple: 11 Pennsylvania Plaza

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11 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY 10001

In February 2020, Apple signed a lease for office space in Midtown’s 11 Penn Plaza. The company signed a five-year deal to move into the 11th through 14th floors (220,000 square feet) of the Art Deco building owned by Vornado Realty Trust, according to the New York Post.

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2. Amazon: 410 Tenth Avenue

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410 10th Ave
New York, NY 10001

Less than a year after withdrawing its plans to bring their HQ2 to Long Island City, in Queens, last week, Amazon signed a lease for 335,000 square feet in a building that’s close to the Hudson Yards megaproject. The space, located within SL Green’s 410 Tenth Avenue, will be for more than 1,500 employees of the e-commerce giant.

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3. Amazon: 5 Manhattan West

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450 W 33rd St
New York, NY 10001

In 2017, Amazon inked a deal with Brookfield Properties to lease 360,000 square feet at 5 Manhattan West, the retrofit of the old Brutalist building that once housed the New York Daily News. It’s just down the block from SL Green’s 410 Tenth Avenue, where the company recently snapped up office space.

4. Amazon: 7 West 34th Street

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7 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001

Amazon has leased more than 400,000 square feet in this Midtown office building, located across from the Empire State Building, since 2014. In 2017, an Amazon Books outpost opened on the ground floor.

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5. Amazon: Staten Island Fulfillment Warehouse

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546 Gulf Ave
Staten Island, NY 10303

Amazon has operated a $100 million, 850,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Staten Island’s western shore since September 2018. The e-commerce giant’s warehouse is located on the Matrix Global Logistics Park complex, which is situated in a formerly abandoned 676-acre site. There are more than 2,000 full-time employees at the warehouse, who reportedly work alongside robots.

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6. Facebook: Hudson Yards

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10 Hudson Yards 24th Floor, 347 10th Ave
New York, NY 10001
(212) 801-1000
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In November, Facebook officially signed a lease at Hudson Yardsconfirming rumors from earlier this year. The tech giant confirmed that it will lease more than 1.5 million square feet of office space across 30 floors and three buildings at Hudson Yards: 1.2 million square feet in 50 Hudson Yards; 265,000 square feet in 30 Hudson Yards; and 57,000 square feet in 55 Hudson Yards.

An aerial view of Hudson Yards and the many tall city buildings that surround it. Courtesy of Related-Oxford

7. Facebook: Penn-Farley Complex

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Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10024

Despite the pandemic, Facebook is betting big on New York with a lease for all the office space in the James A. Farley Building in Midtown Manhattan. The deal’s announcement came as somewhat of a surprise because Facebook, which had expressed interest in the Farley Building for months, has given most of its employees the option of working from home during the pandemic. 

8. Facebook: 770 Broadway

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770 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

Facebook’s NYC HQ is currently located at 770 Broadway, the former Wanamaker Department Store building, where it leases nearly 700,000 square feet. The social media giant has leased office space at the building since 2013.

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9. Google: 111 Eighth Avenue

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111 8th Ave
New York, NY 10011

Back in 2010, Google bought the former Port Authority building at 111 Eighth Avenue for $1.9 billion from Taconic Investment Partners; the tech giant has housed its NYC headquarters there ever since. The 2.9-million-square-foot structure occupies a whole block between Eighth and Ninth avenues and 15th and 16th Streets.

10. Google: St. John’s Terminal

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315 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013

A year ago, Google announced that it will create a new 1.7 million square foot campus (“Google Hudson Square”) across three parcels in lower Manhattan, at 315 and 345 Hudson Street, and 550 Washington Street—aka St. John’s Terminal, the development site that has been in limbo for several years.

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11. Google: Chelsea Market

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75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 652-2111
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Back in March 2018, Google bought the Chelsea Market building, located in front of their NYC headquarters, for $2.4 billion. Google had already been leasing offices at the Chelsea Market building for a decade.

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12. Google: Pier 57

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Hudson River Greenway
New York, NY 10011
(212) 627-2020
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Google agreed to lease thousands of square feet of space at the redeveloped Pier 57 site. That includes at least 300,000 square feet of office space, 50,000 square feet for public programming, and adding a landing for ferry service, Crain’s reported back in early 2018.

13. Google: 450 West 15th Street

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450 W 15th St
New York, NY 10014

Back in May, Google purchased the building at 450 West 15th Street, known as the Milk Building, for $600 million. The move exerted the tech giant’s dominance over that area, as it now leases nearly all the commercial property between West 15th and West 16th streets, from Eighth Avenue to the Hudson River, according to Crain’s.

14. Netflix: 333 Johnson Avenue

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333 Johnson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Netflix already has a presence in the city, with series like Orange Is the New Black, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and, most recently, Russian Doll filming throughout the five boroughs. But the streaming service has typically filmed its series at other sound stages in city, including Silvercup Studios and Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens. Earlier this year, it announced that it will lease 161,000 square feet in Brooklyn to build six new sound stages, which will eventually be capable of holding thousands of jobs.

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15. Netflix: 888 Broadway

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888 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

As part of its larger production hub deal, Netflix will also lease around 100,000 square feet in the Flatiron District. To get Netflix to New York, the Empire State Development Corporation offered $4 million in tax credits via its Excelsior program, which ties that incentive to job creation. Netflix must create 127 promised jobs in its corporate office by 2024 to get the full reimbursement. The new office and production space is expected to bring back about $100 million back to the city.

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1. Apple: 11 Pennsylvania Plaza

11 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001
Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images

In February 2020, Apple signed a lease for office space in Midtown’s 11 Penn Plaza. The company signed a five-year deal to move into the 11th through 14th floors (220,000 square feet) of the Art Deco building owned by Vornado Realty Trust, according to the New York Post.

11 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY 10001

2. Amazon: 410 Tenth Avenue

410 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Courtesy of SL Green

Less than a year after withdrawing its plans to bring their HQ2 to Long Island City, in Queens, last week, Amazon signed a lease for 335,000 square feet in a building that’s close to the Hudson Yards megaproject. The space, located within SL Green’s 410 Tenth Avenue, will be for more than 1,500 employees of the e-commerce giant.

410 10th Ave
New York, NY 10001

3. Amazon: 5 Manhattan West

450 W 33rd St, New York, NY 10001

In 2017, Amazon inked a deal with Brookfield Properties to lease 360,000 square feet at 5 Manhattan West, the retrofit of the old Brutalist building that once housed the New York Daily News. It’s just down the block from SL Green’s 410 Tenth Avenue, where the company recently snapped up office space.

450 W 33rd St
New York, NY 10001

4. Amazon: 7 West 34th Street

7 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001
Amazon Books retail storefront in Manhattan... Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

Amazon has leased more than 400,000 square feet in this Midtown office building, located across from the Empire State Building, since 2014. In 2017, an Amazon Books outpost opened on the ground floor.

7 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001

5. Amazon: Staten Island Fulfillment Warehouse

546 Gulf Ave, Staten Island, NY 10303
US-ROBOTICS-SCIENCE-LABOR Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images

Amazon has operated a $100 million, 850,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Staten Island’s western shore since September 2018. The e-commerce giant’s warehouse is located on the Matrix Global Logistics Park complex, which is situated in a formerly abandoned 676-acre site. There are more than 2,000 full-time employees at the warehouse, who reportedly work alongside robots.

546 Gulf Ave
Staten Island, NY 10303

6. Facebook: Hudson Yards

10 Hudson Yards 24th Floor, 347 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001
An aerial view of Hudson Yards and the many tall city buildings that surround it. Courtesy of Related-Oxford

In November, Facebook officially signed a lease at Hudson Yardsconfirming rumors from earlier this year. The tech giant confirmed that it will lease more than 1.5 million square feet of office space across 30 floors and three buildings at Hudson Yards: 1.2 million square feet in 50 Hudson Yards; 265,000 square feet in 30 Hudson Yards; and 57,000 square feet in 55 Hudson Yards.

10 Hudson Yards 24th Floor, 347 10th Ave
New York, NY 10001

7. Facebook: Penn-Farley Complex

Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10024

Despite the pandemic, Facebook is betting big on New York with a lease for all the office space in the James A. Farley Building in Midtown Manhattan. The deal’s announcement came as somewhat of a surprise because Facebook, which had expressed interest in the Farley Building for months, has given most of its employees the option of working from home during the pandemic. 

Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10024

8. Facebook: 770 Broadway

770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
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Facebook’s NYC HQ is currently located at 770 Broadway, the former Wanamaker Department Store building, where it leases nearly 700,000 square feet. The social media giant has leased office space at the building since 2013.

770 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

9. Google: 111 Eighth Avenue

111 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Back in 2010, Google bought the former Port Authority building at 111 Eighth Avenue for $1.9 billion from Taconic Investment Partners; the tech giant has housed its NYC headquarters there ever since. The 2.9-million-square-foot structure occupies a whole block between Eighth and Ninth avenues and 15th and 16th Streets.

111 8th Ave
New York, NY 10011

10. Google: St. John’s Terminal

315 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
COOKFOX Architects

A year ago, Google announced that it will create a new 1.7 million square foot campus (“Google Hudson Square”) across three parcels in lower Manhattan, at 315 and 345 Hudson Street, and 550 Washington Street—aka St. John’s Terminal, the development site that has been in limbo for several years.

315 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013

11. Google: Chelsea Market

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
A building with a sign that says “Chelsea Market” on an awning. Shutterstock

Back in March 2018, Google bought the Chelsea Market building, located in front of their NYC headquarters, for $2.4 billion. Google had already been leasing offices at the Chelsea Market building for a decade.

75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011

12. Google: Pier 57

Hudson River Greenway, New York, NY 10011

Google agreed to lease thousands of square feet of space at the redeveloped Pier 57 site. That includes at least 300,000 square feet of office space, 50,000 square feet for public programming, and adding a landing for ferry service, Crain’s reported back in early 2018.

Hudson River Greenway
New York, NY 10011

13. Google: 450 West 15th Street

450 W 15th St, New York, NY 10014

Back in May, Google purchased the building at 450 West 15th Street, known as the Milk Building, for $600 million. The move exerted the tech giant’s dominance over that area, as it now leases nearly all the commercial property between West 15th and West 16th streets, from Eighth Avenue to the Hudson River, according to Crain’s.

450 W 15th St
New York, NY 10014

14. Netflix: 333 Johnson Avenue

333 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
US Online Streaming Giant Netflix : Illustration Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Netflix already has a presence in the city, with series like Orange Is the New Black, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and, most recently, Russian Doll filming throughout the five boroughs. But the streaming service has typically filmed its series at other sound stages in city, including Silvercup Studios and Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens. Earlier this year, it announced that it will lease 161,000 square feet in Brooklyn to build six new sound stages, which will eventually be capable of holding thousands of jobs.

333 Johnson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

15. Netflix: 888 Broadway

888 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Nicholas Strini/PropertyShark

As part of its larger production hub deal, Netflix will also lease around 100,000 square feet in the Flatiron District. To get Netflix to New York, the Empire State Development Corporation offered $4 million in tax credits via its Excelsior program, which ties that incentive to job creation. Netflix must create 127 promised jobs in its corporate office by 2024 to get the full reimbursement. The new office and production space is expected to bring back about $100 million back to the city.

888 Broadway
New York, NY 10003