Facebook Eyes Former ‘New York Times’ Building

By Julie D. Andrews 

Facebook is reportedly perusing space options at The New York Timesformer digs at 229 W. 43rd Street in Manhattan, the ever-buzzing heartbeat of Times Square. Other options, according to Crain’s New York Business, include the social network expanding the Madison Avenue office space it already rents.

Possible incubation-mode-prompting specs of the space: Add-ons to the space include a basketball court where the publisher’s dining room previously was and AstroTurf covering the 12th-floor terrace, Crain’s reported.

A recent Center for an Urban Future report named New York the fastest-growing tech hub in the nation, boasting a 29 percent jump in tech-related jobs over the past five years. The label was only solidified by Google’s recent announcement that it will donate space at its New York headquarters to tech students from Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology while they await completion of a new Roosevelt Island campus (the two schools beat out six other bids).

Google’s New York headquarters sits at Ninth Avenue between West 15th and West 16th Streets.

The crop of young techies set to arrive in fall 2012 is set to electrify an already pulsing city and expected to spur upstart launches and job creation galore over the next 30 years.

Perhaps this trend is what pushed Facebook to seek more Big Apple space for its engineers to inhabit.

Readers: How will the influx of techies and engineers to New York change its character?