Amazon chooses New York City neighborhood, DC suburb for HQ2

One of the areas that Amazon is considering for a headquarters is Long Island City

One of the areas that Amazon is considering for a headquarters is Long Island City

The Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, just across the East River from Manhattan, and Crystal City, Virginia, about a mile from the Pentagon, were selected by the retail giant, people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal. The site also indirectly supports over 50,000 other jobs, Amazon said.

The other cities included Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County in Maryland, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto and Washington, D.C.

After announcing that it would be splitting its much-anticipated HQ2 between two cities, Amazon will reportedly unveil its choice as soon as Tuesday.

Still, landing HQ2 would represent "incredible validation of just how far NY has come", says Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Center for an Urban Future think tank.

Once a bustling factory and freight-moving area, Long Island City saw many of its plants and warehouses closed as manufacturing shriveled in New York City. Two HQ2 projects would also ensure that Seattle remains Amazon's definitive headquarters.

The search began in September 2017 when Seattle-based Amazon announced it would start accepting proposals for what quickly became known as HQ2.

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It's already the fastest-developing neighborhood in the nation's most populous city, and Amazon will pump up the volume in this buzzy part of Queens.

Amazon factored in a host of qualifications for the selection of its new headquarters sites, including access to mass transit, proximity to an airport with direct flights to and from Seattle and-perhaps most important-a pool of available tech talent nearby. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

What followed was months of speculation and reports of under-the-radar assessments and site visits by Amazon representatives.

Amazon drew criticism in recent weeks for dangling a $5 billion prize and collecting data from hundreds of cities if it were to only end up choosing the power corridor East Coast cities.

Amazon's decision leaves a group of cities that expended months of resources and time without a clear reward.

Critics of the process say already wealthy corporations often use corporate subsidies to lower costs of projects that they would have pursued anyway.

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