Sociology and economics 

How New York won Amazon

Source:  6sqft

A rendering of One Court Square, where Amazon will temporarily move in 2019; via NYCEDC

City and state officials lured Amazon to open its new office complex in New York with an extensive pitch, complete with four suggested neighborhoods and the promise of prime real estate. Chosen over 236 cities for Amazon’s headquarters, Long Island City was pitched by city and state officials as “a creative, mixed-use neighborhood with a rich legacy as the city’s industrial innovation center.” The bid boasted the culture, waterfront recreation, housing, and multiple transit options of the Queens neighborhood. 

Beginning in 2019, Amazon will move into One Court Square, which will offer the company up to 1.5 million square feet of space. The proposal said that the 680-foot tower “presents one of the city’s most visible and valuable signage and naming opportunities”...

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