Employees at Foursquare Inc., a social network that lets people tell friends and family where they are, were working from their homes or nearby coffee shops on Wednesday.
Though Foursquare encouraged people to work from home, the company also found space for about 70 people in Manhattan and some in the trendy Williamsburg section of the Brooklyn borough. There, regular tenants at a co-working space called Secret Clubhouse were joined by stranded employees not only from Foursquare but the gossip blog Gawker and the photo blogging site Tumblr, among others.
Meanwhile, financial giants such as Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley — all with operations in the evacuated zone in downtown Manhattan — were able to keep open by shifting work to offices in other areas of the city and neighboring states. Goldman Sachs said essential employees in the city were being shuttled to its headquarters in the Financial District, which a spokesman said suffered "minimal damage." Others were working in the company's backup offices in Connecticut and New Jersey.
Bank of America reopened its office in midtown Manhattan, but two offices downtown remained closed because they were in an evacuation zone. The bank also told employees who work elsewhere in lower Manhattan to work from home if possible.
"There will be a lot of cleanup in lower Manhattan," said bank spokesman Mark Pipitone. "And it's good to let the crews get their work done without the additional challenge of a few thousand more people moving through the area."
AP reporters Bernard Condon, Anne D'Innocenzio, Christina Rexrode, Barbara Ortutay and Joyce Rosenberg contributed from New York.
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