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Amazon’s HQ2 could be headed to Long Island City

Amazon is close to naming Long Island City home to its second headquarters, following a competitive, yearlong search by the tech giant. The company is reportedly splitting “HQ2” between two locations, with the other being Crystal City, Virginia, a suburb outside of Washington, D.C, according to the New York Times. The news comes less than a week after New York City announced plans to invest $180 million in the infrastructure of the evolving Queens neighborhood.

Over a year ago, Amazon launched a nationwide competition to find their next headquarters, with the promise of bringing 50,000 new jobs and $5 billion in initial city investment. Under the updated plan reported this week, the company would divide the workforce with 25,000 employees in each location.

Including Long Island City, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration also pitched the neighborhoods of Midtown West, Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Tech Triangle (which includes the areas of DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, and the Navy Yard). In their pitch, the city boasted Long Island City’s proximity to Midtown, as well as to local and regional transit networks, allowing Amazon employees to connect easily to LaGuardia and JFK Airports. Plus, the neighborhood features over 150 restaurants, bars, and cafes, with more certainly on the way, and 40 cultural institutions.

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