If Facebook can make it there, it’ll make it anywhere: The social network announced Friday that it will open an engineering office in New York early next year.

The new office will mark Facebook’s first engineering presence away from the west coast, and the company is already accepting applications.

Engineering manager Serkan Piantino will head the New York office. He managed the engineering team that created the social network’s news feed and upcoming timeline profile, and he is currently managing the teams behind Facebook messages and chat.

Jay Parikh, who oversees Facebook’s infrastructure team, will serve as the executive sponsor for the new office.

The new office already has its own Facebook page, with more than 500 likes at the time of this post.

Vice President of Engineering Mike Schroepfer said:

More than 800 million people around the world rely on Facebook, and more than one-half of them visit every day. Operating at such a large scale, and innovating as quickly as we do, we need to recruit the most talented engineers in the world. New York has a strong history of innovation and is home to thousands of talented technical people, and we want them to help us solve the challenges of designing and building the next generation of Facebook.

Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg added:

Building an engineering presence outside of 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. We’re particularly grateful for the encouragement and assistance of New York’s elected leaders, who understand what it takes to build a climate where technology can fuel economic growth and the creation of high skilled jobs.

It seems like an interesting move, presumably intended to help the company continue to recruit top talent and perhaps also to bolster technology innovations needed on the advertising side of the business.