1 of These 4 NYC Neighborhoods Could Get Amazon’s Second Headquarters

These are the four New York City neighborhoods that are the most likely to get Amazon's second North American headquarters if it chooses the city over other contenders.

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Midtown West includes Penn Plaza, Manhattan West and the mega-project Hudson Yards and has more than 2.4 million workers within 45 minutes. “The epicenter of the New York City region,” NYCEDC says the neighborhood has the largest and most diverse workforce in the country. It also includes access to 15 subway lines, PATH, LIRR, Amtrak and Metro-North, and encompasses Penn Station, “the region’s most important transit hub and a focus of public investment.” Its close proximity to Madison Square Garden, Chelsea art galleries, and The High Line make it “the cultural crossroads of the city.” It’s also got more than 26 million square feet of space in “modern office towers and historic gems.”
Long Island City is made up of the LIC Waterfront and the LIC Core and has more than 1.5 million workers within 45 minutes. NYCEDC says it’s “a creative, mixed-use neighborhood with a rich legacy as the city’s industrial innovation center.” It has more than 13 million square feet of affordable real estate and “is home to over 40 arts and cultural institutions,” including art galleries, studios, museums and theaters, NYEDC says. On top of that it “sits at the nexus of multiple local and regional transportation networks” like LaGuardia Airport and Grand Central Station that “will allow Amazon to draw employees from throughout the region.” It also boasts access to eight subway lines and the LIRR.
The Brooklyn Tech Triangle includes downtown Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and DUMBO and has more than 1.5 million workers within 45 minutes. NYEDC calls this convergence of neighborhoods “Brooklyn’s innovation hub” — a district that has 17,000 jobs and 1,400 companies in the innovation and creative economy. It’s also one of “the city’s great cultural destinations,” with more than 70 diverse arts and cultural organizations. It has more than 15 million square feet of potential space and is connected to the rest of the borough, the city and the region via 15 subway lines and the LIRR. NYEDC also gives a shout out to Brooklyn Bridge Park, which has “transformed over 1.3 miles of industrial waterfront along the East River.”
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More than $30 billion in public and private investment has led to a “renaissance” of this neighborhood, with the area’s restaurant and shopping scene having undergone “a sweeping reinvention.” Tech, advertising, media, information and professional services firms, which used to occupy 18 percent of the neighborhood’s office occupancy, now occupy 31 percent of it, NYCEDC says. It’s also a destination for visitors, nearly 15 million of whom visited the neighborhood’s cultural institutions, performance centers and historic sites last year. More than 1.7 million workers are within 45 minutes of the neighborhood and can get there using 13 subway lines and PATH. NYEDC also says it has 8.5 million square feet of Amazon campus potential and 83 acres of open space, including a hefty amount of waterfront property.
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