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Amazon announces new headquarters in Long Island City

November 13, 2018 - 7:32 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- After rampant rumors last week, Amazon announced officially Tuesday that it has chosen Long Island City, Queens for its new headquarters.

Amazon made an official announcement on Tuesday, and there's word government officials from both locations are planning announcement events this week.

Crystal City in northern Virginia will be home to the online retail giant’s second new headquarters outside Seattle. 

The two East Coast locations beat out proposals from more than 230 other North American cities. Amazon said it wanted to be near a large metropolitan area that had an international airport, direct access to mass transit and lots of tech workers. 

Some 50,000 jobs have been promised by Amazon; they will be split between Long Island City and Crystal City.

Long Island City is an old manufacturing area that has grown rapidly in recent years and is increasingly becoming a hub for the tech industry and 21st century living.

There were mixed feelings in the neighborhood.

Devin said she doesn't like the idea because of subway crowding and other issues.

"I think they're going to drive up the cost in the area, and not really have any regard for economic impacts in the community," she said.

Merchants like Gina feel differently.

"I own a bakery right in the neighborhood called Cookie Crumbs, and we cannot wait for Amazon to be here, because we think it's going to be a great thing for the whole entire neighborhood," she said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday called it “the single biggest economic development deal in the history of New York City" and Gov. Andrew Cuomo previously proposed changing his name to "Amazon Cuomo" to woo the online retail giant to his state.

Other officials were less enthused. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and state Senator Michael Gianaris, who represent northern Queens, decried the deal in a statement that said in part: "Offering massive corporate welfare from scarce public resources to one of the wealthiest corporations in the world at a time of great need in our state is just wrong." 

“We were not elected to serve as Amazon drones,” the two representatives went on to say.