- Amazon is reportedly developing its second headquarters, HQ2, in two separate locations: the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, New York, and the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, The New York Times reported on Monday.
- New York’s pitch of Long Island City to Amazon included boasts about “a creative, mixed-use neighborhood,” more than 13 million square feet of real estate, and speedy commute times.
- We took a walk around Long Island City and saw why it would be appealing to Amazon.
Amazon will reportedly bring its second headquarters, HQ2, to two separate locations: the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, New York, and the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, The New York Times reported on Monday.
The two locations would house 25,000 employees each, instead of the 50,000 that was originally planned for HQ2.
The reported decision follows more than a year of speculation and lobbying by communities around the US and Canada.
There had been less speculation about New York City than Northern Virginia, but New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently made his desire to host Amazon clear.
“I’ll change my name to Amazon Cuomo if that’s what it takes,” Cuomo told reporters on Monday. “Because it would be a great economic boost.”
According to NY1, Cuomo reportedly met with Amazon executives in Seattle two weeks ago.
Long Island City’s proposal to Amazon included boasts about “a creative, mixed-use neighborhood,” more than 13 million square feet of real estate, and speedy commute times.
Here’s what Long Island City is like:
Long Island City is a neighborhood in Queens and is most easily accessible by the 7, N, W, and G subway trains. Some locals have expressed concerns that bringing an additional 25,000 workers to the area would overload an already crowded system.
Source: Business Insider
There are also a lot of Citi Bikes throughout the neighborhood.
I take the train to 36th Avenue, which is on the northern end of Long Island City.
The area, which borders Astoria, is very residential, with a lot of single-family homes and small apartments.
Many storefronts in the area appear to still be closed at 9 a.m. Walking around, you’ll see many local businesses and quite a few stores with “for lease” signs in the window.
There is a lot of public housing in the area as well.