Amazon will split second HQ between Long Island City Queens and Crystal City Arlington

Amazon has picked New York’s Long Island City, in Queens and Arlington County’s Crystal City neighborhoods for split second headquarters.

The cities will get a lot more jobs and tax revenue.

Crystal City is an urban neighborhood in the southeastern corner of Arlington County, Virginia, south of downtown Washington, D.C.

It has extensive integration of office buildings and residential high-rise buildings using underground corridors to travel between stores, offices, and residences. It is possible to get around a large part of Crystal City in an underground city.

Speed and size of the Second HQ build

Amazon has said it plans build its new headquarters in phases, with the $5 billion investment being spread out over a period of 15 to 17 years. By 2019, Amazon hopes to have between 500,000 square feet and 1 million square feet of office space ready.

13 thoughts on “Amazon will split second HQ between Long Island City Queens and Crystal City Arlington”

  1. NYC talent pool is bottomless. But I’ve seen a few reports ranking North American *tech* talent as SF > Seattle > D.C. > Toronto > NYC.

    People forget–I tend to–that the D.C. metro area is the quite big. It might pass Chicago soon for third biggest metro in the country when Richmond gets included. And there’s a ton of government, defense contractors and NIH-related tech business that is often overlooked as employing as many tech workers as they do.

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  2. This is great development news for both NYC and D.C. metro. That’s a lot of good jobs. However, by splitting it, it’s no longer a “Second HQ” but instead, two very large satellite campuses. Which–while great–is much less than half as important as a true second HQ.Amazon pitched a proper second headquarters with C-suite level functions similar to HQ1 in Seattle. If a city that wasn’t already a Superstar Tech Hub like Seattle or San Francisco suddenly was home to the headquarters of the world’s largest tech company, that city is on the map in a big way overnight. As it stands, nothing quite like that is going to happen.

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  3. …and already that Democrat Socialist Twit, Ocasio-Cortez is railing against all of this. Why Az is messing with such Blue State/Blue City nonsense is beyond me.

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  4. NYC talent pool is bottomless. But I’ve seen a few reports ranking North American *tech* talent as SF > Seattle > D.C. > Toronto > NYC.People forget–I tend to–that the D.C. metro area is the quite big. It might pass Chicago soon for third biggest metro in the country when Richmond gets included. And there’s a ton of government, defense contractors and NIH-related tech business that is often overlooked as employing as many tech workers as they do.

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  5. …and already that Democrat Socialist Twit, Ocasio-Cortez is railing against all of this. Why Az is messing with such Blue State/Blue City nonsense is beyond me.

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  6. I think he wants influence on Wall Street and national politics. Long Island City is across the East River from Manhattan, and Crystal City is across the Potomac from the US Capital and the major agency headquarters. He’s already got the Washington Post. Now all he needs is a NY paper and he’s good to go.

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  7. NYC talent pool is bottomless. But I’ve seen a few reports ranking North American *tech* talent as SF > Seattle > D.C. > Toronto > NYC.

    People forget–I tend to–that the D.C. metro area is the quite big. It might pass Chicago soon for third biggest metro in the country when Richmond gets included. And there’s a ton of government, defense contractors and NIH-related tech business that is often overlooked as employing as many tech workers as they do.

    Reply
  8. This is great development news for both NYC and D.C. metro. That’s a lot of good jobs. However, by splitting it, it’s no longer a “Second HQ” but instead, two very large satellite campuses. Which–while great–is much less than half as important as a true second HQ.Amazon pitched a proper second headquarters with C-suite level functions similar to HQ1 in Seattle. If a city that wasn’t already a Superstar Tech Hub like Seattle or San Francisco suddenly was home to the headquarters of the world’s largest tech company, that city is on the map in a big way overnight. As it stands, nothing quite like that is going to happen.

    Reply
  9. I think he wants influence on Wall Street and national politics. Long Island City is across the East River from Manhattan, and Crystal City is across the Potomac from the US Capital and the major agency headquarters. He’s already got the Washington Post. Now all he needs is a NY paper and he’s good to go.

    Reply
  10. This is great development news for both NYC and D.C. metro. That’s a lot of good jobs. However, by splitting it, it’s no longer a “Second HQ” but instead, two very large satellite campuses. Which–while great–is much less than half as important as a true second HQ.

    Amazon pitched a proper second headquarters with C-suite level functions similar to HQ1 in Seattle. If a city that wasn’t already a Superstar Tech Hub like Seattle or San Francisco suddenly was home to the headquarters of the world’s largest tech company, that city is on the map in a big way overnight. As it stands, nothing quite like that is going to happen.

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