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Offline Olivesta

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Re: Amazon HQ2 in LIC? Yay or Nay?
« Reply #30 on: November 06, 2018, 10:19:06 AM »
25,000 jobs and the accompanying services that go with it, if it happens, this has to be good news for Queens and North Brooklyn. For a start, there are tons of apartment under construction already from Long Island  City down to Williamsburg which need people to live in them.

People of Queens need to make sure that they push for the accompanying infrastructure, transport improvements, affordable housing and resources required in the area so that it works for everyone.

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« Reply #31 on: November 06, 2018, 10:35:11 AM »
there's also a plan for a distribution center on the fringes of our neighborhood, referenced elsewhere on the board. not as large as SI, i believe, but over on Boody Street near Bulova.

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Re: Amazon HQ2 in LIC? Yay or Nay?
« Reply #32 on: November 06, 2018, 10:43:23 AM »
I think this is not great news for Jackson Heights. The neighborhood is likely to lose some of its charm, and radically change if HQ2 comes to LIC. Get ready for vegan gentrification...

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Re: Amazon HQ2 in LIC? Yay or Nay?
« Reply #33 on: November 06, 2018, 10:44:05 AM »
The NY Post is reporting that there will be two Amazon HQ2 each with 25,000 employees in Long Island City and Crystal City, Virginia. 

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« Reply #34 on: November 06, 2018, 12:11:18 PM »
i'm wondering exactly where they might place this complex. it would seem imperative to be near the transit hub, unless they provide shuttle service -- as such mega-companies do in other areas.

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« Reply #35 on: November 06, 2018, 12:29:45 PM »
The Plaxall real estate holdings are perfect for this HQ2.

For increased ferry service to Manhattan they're excellently positioned.

LIC is on its unstoppable trajectory now.

I'd say we in Jackson Heights are somewhat cocooned from it all. And there will be positive (and also challenging) results from this HQ2.
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Re: Amazon HQ2 in LIC? Yay or Nay?
« Reply #36 on: November 06, 2018, 12:30:27 PM »
Dss, yes, what is the proposed location?

If it's in the low income section, it would bring about an economic metamorphosis considering the boon in new clerical and service jobs, and the execs bringing all that real money/expendable income into the area.

Notwithstanding, it's a shame the Gov'ner has to offer so much in tax incentives as a lure, but it is what it is.

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« Reply #37 on: November 06, 2018, 01:06:32 PM »
i haven't seen a specific location proposed yet. abc's idea of a near-water placement (with increased ferry service) is a good one. i'd imagine any build out there would have to be behind housing -- since views are so valued in residential, not so much in corporate.

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Re: Amazon HQ2 in LIC? Yay or Nay?
« Reply #38 on: November 06, 2018, 03:46:54 PM »
The proposed location is being kept confidential.

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« Reply #39 on: November 07, 2018, 08:28:20 AM »
The proposed location is being kept confidential.
There has been mention that Amazon may take over the Citi Corp building, which is being vacated once the lease is up.

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Re: Amazon HQ2 in LIC? Yay or Nay?
« Reply #40 on: November 07, 2018, 08:56:52 AM »
I just think this whole thing was a farce from start to finish. Amazon scammed everyone.

I am bewildered by the Crystal City choice - my sister used to live there and it's such a weird area - very sterile with a ton of underground tunnels housing offices and retail. The tunnels were full of patent attorney offices because The United States Patent and Trademark Office used to be in Crystal City. It has since moved to Alexandria so I guess they have a lot of vacant space available. I remember finding it odd and creepy - I called it Mole Town because so much is underground.

However, there is lots of decent housing, it's close enough to DC and is an excellent location for public transportation. 
And I haven't been there for 15 years so I'm sure it's changed a lot.
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« Reply #41 on: November 08, 2018, 10:29:04 PM »
The more I hear about this, the more I believe it will have zero to negligible effect on Jackson Heights.

1. The new folks hired by Amazon like luxury modern residences (not charming and pre-war i.e. old). And Long Island City with all those sparkling towers seems exactly primed for that.

2. The techies will be young and single young people like to stick together.  And Jackson Heights is, in truth, a neighborhood for 30 years old plus. (And kids)

3. The techies won't really be into buying co-ops. Co-ops are such an arcane New York thing. Hardly any place in the entire world does co-ops except New York. Condos are what these tech-heads will be into if they buy.  They move around.  They need to be able to rent any apartment easily.

But LIC, on the other hand.  LIC will see even more startling changes within 5 years.

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Re: Amazon HQ2 in LIC? Yay or Nay?
« Reply #42 on: November 08, 2018, 10:32:02 PM »
completely agree about the housing thing: if this comes to pass, Amazon will be hiring the people that mr/ms abc suggests, and they are pretty monolithic in wanting all that.

i think the main impact on jackson heights will be the transportation issue -- the plan is for Amazon to move in pretty quickly, and the city moves at a snail's pace when it comes to reaction, infrastructure-wise.

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« Reply #43 on: November 09, 2018, 12:55:30 PM »
Most of these Amazon techies will probably live in LIC in the towers in the sky and walk to work.

The whole of LIC itself will become the Amazon campus.  There will be little need to travel to Manhattan.  Or even out of the LIC "campus" for these folks. (Maybe the occasional foray into nearby happening Williamsburg?)

Truly, it now appears that LIC was developed with exactly this in mind. Couldn't be more perfect for them.

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Re: Amazon HQ2 in LIC? Yay or Nay?
« Reply #44 on: November 09, 2018, 10:06:19 PM »
Everything I've read suggests that this is just a rumor at this point. Am I missing something?

If it is true, I don't really think it's that big of a deal. Some people they will hire already live here, some people will come from other places. It's New York, we can handle it. 25,000 people is less than 0.3% of an increase to NYC's population of 8.623 million people.

The MTA sucks in general lately. Adding more people won't help, but I don't think it will hurt either. I did have a GREAT platform controller stop the F train this morning to confirm it was running on the normal route as some were being redirected over the G line into Brooklyn. I'll definitely chat with her if I see her again. There definitely is hope that things will improve.

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Re: Amazon HQ2 in LIC? Yay or Nay?
« Reply #44 on: November 09, 2018, 10:06:19 PM »