Tag: Long Island City (Queens, NY)

Amazon, the Door’s Still Open

It is heartening to hear that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was at least able to get Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder, on the phone. The Times reported that the governor has had “multiple phone conversations with Amazon executives, including Mr. Bezos, over the past two weeks.” The conspicuous absence of Mr. Bezos, […]

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Amazon Isn’t Interested in Making the World a Better Place

The announcement on Thursday that Amazon has canceled its plan to build a headquarters in New York City is no victory. It’s no defeat, either. What it is, to use a Big Apple term, is meh, yet another indication that the dulcet attractions of tech have lost their charm for […]

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Amazon’s Exit Forces a Reckoning for N.Y. Political Leaders

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Amazon’s sudden decision to cancel its plan to build a corporate campus in Long Island City, Queens, amounted to a stunning rejection for the two often-at-odds politicians who had heralded its arrival, Gov. Andrew […]

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Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Amazon said on Thursday that it was canceling plans to build a corporate campus in New York City. The company had planned to build a sprawling complex in Long Island City, Queens, in exchange […]

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Senate Appoints Critic of Amazon Deal to Key Board (With Veto Power)

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio crafted a deal to bring a major new Amazon campus to New York City late last year, they tried to make it hard to […]

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After Amazon Contest, N.Y. Lawmakers Want to Block Negotiations Done in Secret

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] As cities around the country made bids to land Amazon’s second headquarters, lawmakers and residents were purposely left in the dark. Amazon required those involved in the process to sign nondisclosure agreements, leaving outsiders […]

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Amazon Hires Lobbyists for N.Y. Site and Tries to Fend Off Ocasio-Cortez

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Amazon is trying to quell rising opposition to its plan for offices in New York, hiring well-connected lobbyists to make its case in the corridors of power even as it mounts a block-by-block neighborhood […]

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New York Today: N.Y. Today: Amazon Takes On Ocasio-Cortez and Her Supporters

Weather: Yep, still chilly (it’s the ninth day in a row below normal), with a high of 40. Alternate-side parking: in effect till Christmas. Tensions over Amazon may flare Two potent forces may be on a collision course: big Tech (Amazon) and the grass-roots left (supporters of Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez). […]

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New York City Needs Amazon as Much as Amazon Needs Us

For decades, experts have called for the diversification of the New York City economy. In the wake of postwar deindustrialization, our reliance on Wall Street and the financial industry in general had by the 1990s left our city disproportionately vulnerable to swings in the financial markets. We have experienced significant […]

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New York’s Amazon Deal Is a Bad Bargain

Throughout its 14-month search for a second headquarters — which has concluded with the dual selection of Long Island City, Queens, and Arlington, Va. — Amazon talked of its need for things like transportation, housing and a business-friendly environment. But did Amazon really select New York City for its transportation […]

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Amazon HQ2: How New York and Virginia Won the Beauty Contest

After 14 months of pitches, meetings and offers of incentives and name changes, Amazon announced on Tuesday that its second headquarters would be on two sites: one in Long Island City, Queens, and another in Arlington, Va. The company is also developing a smaller operations and logistics facility in Nashville. […]

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New York Today: New York Today: Amazon Deal in Queens, El Chapo’s Defense and Voting Machine Snafus

(Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.) It’s Wednesday. 💰Who won? Powerball will present a New York record $343.8 million check today to a Harlem man for the Oct. 27 drawing. Weather: Sunny but chilly, with a high of 39. First freeze tonight: down into the […]

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Cities Should Stop Playing the Amazon HQ2 Bidding Game

It’s official: Amazon has anointed New York and Northern Virginia as locations for a major expansion, involving at least 25,000 employees and an investment of $5 billion. The announcement is the culmination of an intense bidding war among 238 cities for Amazon’s promise of $50 billion in investment and 50,000 […]

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Amazon Announces New York and Virginia as HQ2 Picks

SEATTLE — Amazon laid out its plans for two of the biggest economic development projects in the country on Tuesday, announcing that it will put major corporate outposts in New York City and Arlington, Va. The two locations, in Long Island City in Queens and Crystal City in Arlington, just […]

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New York Today: Amazon Looms, a Subway Death and Metropolitan Diary Returns

(Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.) It’s Tuesday. Good morning! Weather: Rain, mostly this morning, with a high of 51, then gradual clearing. Tomorrow the sun returns. Nice to meet you: My name is Azi (pronounced AH-zee). I used to report for The Queens Tribune, […]

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Amazon Chooses Long Island City, N.Y., and Crystal City, Va., for HQ2

SEATTLE — After conducting a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon has finalized plans to have about 50,000 employees in two locations, according to a person familiar with the decision-making process. The company has decided to move to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, and to the Crystal […]

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Amazon’s New Neighbor: The Nation’s Largest Housing Project

Until recently, the most important thing to know about Amazon for residents of the Queensbridge Houses, the country’s largest public housing project, was that any packages left in a lobby would likely be stolen. But Amazon may soon be a far larger presence in their New York City neighborhood. The […]

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New York Should Say No to Amazon

This week, word leaked that Amazon may be close to finalizing a deal to set up a major operation in Long Island City, Queens. The news, which was embraced with peak sycophancy by Gov. Andrew Cuomo — he literally offered to change his name to “Amazon Cuomo” to make it […]

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Google Is Said to Be Shopping for More Real Estate in New York

SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon may not be the only technology giant considering a big expansion in New York. Google is in discussions to move into a planned 1.3 million square foot office complex at the St. John’s Terminal building on Manhattan’s West Side, according to a person with knowledge of […]

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What We Don’t Know About Amazon’s Split HQ2

SEATTLE — For more than a year, Amazon searched for a second headquarters, a home to as many as 50,000 workers that would be coequal to its current home in Seattle. Instead, Amazon is closing in on deals to split what it called HQ2 into two locations, according to people […]

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