Facebook to Open New York Engineering Office

Office will be the company's first on the East Coast.

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Facebook is moving east. Today, the company announced it will open an engineering office in New York City in 2012, its first that's not on the west coast. The company will immediately begin accepting applications for at least seven engineering job openings, according to a jobs posting on the site.

"Building an engineering presence outside the West Coast is a big step for us, one we would take only if we found the right combination of talent and community support," Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer said in a statement. She said New York's elected leaders "understand what it takes to build a climate where technology can fuel economic growth and the creation of high skilled jobs."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks the Big Apple is up to the task.

"New York City is the best place in the world to recruit and retain a talented workforce," Bloomberg said in a statement. "The growth in the tech sector is creating jobs and further diversifying our economy. That's why we are invested in expanding our engineering workforce by building a new applied sciences school in the city."

Facebook's new office will be headed by Serkan Piantino, who has worked on developing the social networking site's News Feed and manages Facebook Messages and Chat.

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