New York City tech push gains steam with Microsoft, Roku in hunt for space

New York’s battered office market is drawing more interest from tech companies that are hungry for space even as the pandemic upends traditional work.

Roku Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are among firms in talks for new leases in Manhattan. Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc. have explored options to expand their offices. Digital-payments firm Stripe Inc. is taking a chunk of space in the financial district.

In the year’s biggest office deal, Google agreed earlier this week to buy St. John’s Terminal, a redevelopment project it was already leasing but hasn’t yet occupied, for $2.1 billion. The transaction was a bet on New York’s future as a tech hub

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