According to Wikipedia, 20,000 people live in Crystal City, but 60,000 commute there.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio separately met with Amazon executives in late October, but both declined to comment to the Times. Long Island City is a short subway ride across the East River from Midtown Manhattan. "I am doing everything I can", Governor Cuomo told reporters when asked Monday about the state's efforts to lure the company.
"I'd call those branch offices", she said. "Because it would be a great economic boost".
Crystal City's convenience is part of the attraction.
The split of the second headquarters dilutes the company's original promise of a megadeal, which cities and counties had been chasing with stunts and gimmicks, investing thousands of dollars in websites and presentations.
A company spokesman, Adam Sedo, reached by phone in Seattle said that Amazon would not comment on "rumors and speculation".
There's been a change in plans for Amazon's new second headquarters that can now benefit more than one city.
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Amazon's headquarters is in Seattle, where the company's "urban campus" is woven into the fabric of the city.
Amazon has its headquarters in Seattle.
Picking multiple sites would allow it to tap into two pools of talented labor and perhaps avoid being blamed for all the housing and traffic woes of dominating a single area.
If there are words of warning, they are mainly about tax breaks, especially for a company that has a market cap north of $800 billion and annual revenue that's expected to top $230 billion this year.
Even before the report of its possible selection, development in Long Island City has been booming recently.
"What they were looking for was something that didn't exist, which was that the city was successful and large and affordable", he says.
"For instance, does it make it like less of an incentive for Amazon to go to NY because instead of offering 50,000 jobs, they'll only be able to offer about 25,000 jobs?"