Long Island City appears primed to become the home of half of Amazon’s second headquarters.
The New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported on Monday night that the Seattle-based retail giant would likely create secondary headquarters (HQ2) in Long Island City and Arlington, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C.
For a year, New York City and state, along with other municipalities nationwide, have been wooing Amazon as the company sought a home for HQ2. The project has the potential to create tens of thousands of new high-tech jobs, pumping millions of dollars in new economic activity into Queens.
The New York Times reported that Governor Andrew Cuomo recently met with Amazon executives as part of the state’s efforts to attract the retailer to Long Island City.
“I am doing everything I can,” Cuomo was quoted as telling reporters on Monday, as the Times reported. “We have a great incentive package,” he said.
Previously, Queens advocates have called Long Island City an ideal location for Amazon’s HQ2 due to its proximity to Manhattan and multitude of public transportation options. Most recently, Amazon announced it would create a new fulfillment center at the former Bulova factory in Woodside.
This is a developing story; check with QNS tomorrow for feedback from Queens business and elected officials about the HQ2 report.