Facebook facing off with Apple over space in Vornado’s Farley Building conversion

Vornado chairman Steve Roth appears to be leaning toward Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook with a rendering of the Farley development (Credit: Getty Images, SOM iStock)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook with a rendering of the Farley development (Credit: Getty Images, SOM iStock)

A pair of tech giants are battling it out over some prime office space in New York.

Facebook and Apple are both interested in leasing space at Vornado Realty Trust’s conversion of the massive James A. Farley Post Office, according to the New York Post.

Facebook has been in talks for 740,000 square feet of space in the project since at least September, but Apple has more recently decided it wants to lease all four floors of office space and a new floor being built on the roof.

The competition puts Vornado chairman Steven Roth in a tough spot. He is already Facebook’s landlord at 770 Broadway, where the company has a 758,000-square-foot lease, but Apple’s market capitalization of more than $1 trillion is more than double Facebook’s.

However, Roth appears to be leaning toward Facebook, and Apple has put feelers out for space in Tishman Speyer’s development project at the Morgan North Post Office as a backup, according to the Post. [NYP] — Eddie Small