Amazon chooses Long Island City

The guessing game is over

A water taxi approaches the Long Island City waterfront, passing the land marked Pepsi Cola sign in Gantry Plaza State Park, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in the Queens borough of New York. (Mark Lennihan / AP)

(LONG ISLAND CITY, NY) — We’ve been waiting, we’ve been guessing, and now we are certain that Amazon will be heading to Long Island City.

Amazon’s second headquarters will officially be split between Long Island City, Queens and Crystal City in the Washington, D.C. area.

Amazon will invest $5 billion into the project which will create around 50,000 jobs between both locations.

After a year-long search and 238 proposals, New York is ready for its newest tech addition. Long Island City is going to be introduced to some much-needed upgrades such as high-paying jobs and tax revenue as well as an abundance of new infrastructures to cater to the growing foot traffic. According to the company, jobs in both cities will have an average annual salary of $150,000.

New York is giving Amazon $1.5 billion in financial incentives as long as the company holds up its end of the bargain and creates 25,000 jobs in Long Island City over 10 years.

Long Island City Skyline. Credit: Max Touhey

Long Island City fits the needs Amazon desires. It is near a metropolitan area with more than a million people, close to an international airport, offers room for the company to expand, and offers direct access to mass transit. Think about it, it’s the golden recipe.

New York is seeing a major increase in tech workers, and is looking for more. Governor Cuomo was devoted to getting Amazon to commit to New York, as this is a crucial next step for the coming of an East Coast Silicon Valley.

“We’ve put together a very strong incentive package and we’ve had great meetings. Anything I can think of that’ll get us over the top. Anything they want named Amazon. I’ll change my name to Amazon if that’s what it takes,” said Governor Cuomo.


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