Google has officially unveiled its new campus for employees in New York City, a sprawling facility on a pier jutting into the Hudson River with amenities like a two-acre rooftop park overlooking Lower Manhattan and Little Island.
The 630,000 square foot Hudson River campus at Pier 57 consists of three buildings with office space for approximately 450 employees directly above the West Side Highway near 15th Street in Chelsea.
The two-hectare park area is open to the public. There is also a food hall and an area for outdoor screening of films during the Tribeca Film Festival.
The new campus officially opened this week in a ceremony attended by Google CFO Ruth Porat, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams.
Google is the main tenant at the pier, which has cost more than $500 million to restore. according to the New York Business Journal.
“I’m excited about this project and others that we have in mind,” said Adams.
Adams and other officials have urged companies to bring their employees back into the office in a bid to boost local economies, which have been struggling since the coronavirus pandemic began.
“So get some new work clothes because you may have gained a few COVID pounds – I’m guilty too – and get back to work. Come back here,” Hochul said.
Google, which employs 12,000 people in the city, is looking to expand its presence in the Big Apple.
In September, the company bought a 1.3-million-square-foot waterfront building in Manhattan’s Hudson Square for $2.1 billion — the most paid for an office building at the time.
Google also owns two smaller buildings in Chelsea: 111 Eighth Ave. and the Milk Building at 450 W. 15th St.
Earlier this month, Google asked employees to return to the office for at least three days a week as part of its new hybrid model.
The new work schedule, which Google says “brings the best of being together in person and together everywhere,” applies to employees in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area and several other U.S. cities.
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