Google, the world’s largest search engine, on Monday opened for business a new office in New York City, welcoming some 500 staffers to the new locale situated just a few blocks west of Union Square and spanning from Eighth Avenue to Ninth Avenue and 15th Street to 16th Street, the Associated Press reports via the New York Post.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based firm has had advertising sales employees located in New York City since 2000, and engineers since 2003, but it said it “outgrew” its old space, according to the AP.
The three-floor, 300-square-foot office takes up an entire city block in Manhattan, and was set up with the idea that staffers would be working in groups, so many cubicles are connected and individual offices will be shared, the AP reports.
A handful of conference rooms within the new locale are named after popular New York attractions such as Alice Tully Hall and the Apollo Theatre, according to the AP.
Google had the facility built to its own specifications, though a company spokesperson declined to provide the AP with financial details.
Google told the AP there are already employees working on roughly 100 initiatives within the new space.
Just yesterday, Google said it had purchased the Menlo Park, Calif., home where cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry Page rented a garage to begin work on the technology that would later drive the search giant’s engine.
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