Facebook Looks to Embrace NYC Tech Community

There’s much more to Facebook than its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., as the social network is following up the one-year anniversary of its Boston office Tuesday with a gathering at its New York office Wednesday evening, aimed at welcoming the local tech community.

FacebookNewNYCHQGreenYellowWalls650There’s much more to Facebook than its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., as the social network is following up the one-year anniversary of its Boston office Tuesday with a gathering at its New York office Wednesday evening, aimed at welcoming the local tech community.

Facebook employees began moving into the New York space, at 770 Broadway, in February.

New York site director Serkan Piantino described Wednesday evening’s event in a Facebook post:

This evening, we’ll be doing a small dinner event here at the office to welcome the local tech community into our new café, Desimone’s, and to officially kick off our newest series of engineering tech talks. We’ll start this new incarnation with a dual billing — we’ll hear about the space design considerations that went into our Astor Place office from Craig Webb, partner at Gehry Partners; and we’ll get a look into the future of artificial intelligence from Yann LeCun, the silver professor of computer science, neural science, and electrical and computer engineering at NYU and our current director of AI research at Facebook New York. I’m very excited.

Taking a moment to look back, when we first moved into this building in February, it was an open construction site, and it’s been really rewarding to have all our employees together as we watch it take shape around us. We’ve seen a dozen pieces of artwork created, filled a library with our favorite books, opened a coffee bar for business, enjoyed the views looking down Broadway and daily sunsets over Greenwich Village and, most recently, cut the ribbon on Desimone’s café with really quite incredible cuisine from our executive chef, Nate Eckhaus. I feel very lucky and excited to be able to share all this with people Wednesday night.

Our engineering team here is constantly evolving. We’ve grown in size and scope quite a bit since February. The team has roughly doubled in size again this year, and we’re building depth and autonomic across the local, News Feed, mobile infrastructure, photos, messaging and pages teams. Nearby, the news, partnerships and global marketing and sales teams have also seen tremendous growth, now servicing 100-plus of the biggest brands and marketers in the world.

Tonight we’ll come together to look back and continue our tradition of not just building products and applications that connect people, but extending that connection to the creative and technical community around us.

Piantino also told The Wall Street Journal:

In a short period of time, New York City has become a deep tech hub. We want to see if we can be a catalyst.

Facebook vice president of global marketing solutions Carolyn Everson told the Journal:

A talent base that represents the people who use the Facebook platform is crucial for Facebook. New York is an incredibly diverse city, and it is a major attraction for talent to move to from outside of the U.S.

And Webb told the newspaper:

We don’t want to create a pristine environment. We love clutter, and we wanted to create an environment where people can bring their own stuff in. That rawness allows that kind of freedom.