Amazon May Split HQ2 Between Two Locations

For now, though, some New Yorkers believe that if Amazon does settle half of its second headquarters here, it will support industry trends that have been underway since the Bloomberg administration, when the city began to see its future in technology.

Amazon is planning to split its coveted second headquarters between two USA cities rather than pack it into a single urban setting, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Later, The New York Times reported that Amazon was "nearing a deal to move to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens" and "is also close to a deal to move to the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, a Washington suburb".

Back in January, Pittsburgh was named one of the 20 potential cities being considered for HQ2. Some hired McKinsey & Co. and other outside consultants to help them with their bids, investing heavily in courting Amazon and its promise of 50,000 jobs.

The paper is owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

Amazon has yet to confirm the news and it's still unclear if both HQ2A and HQ2B will each get an entire set of Bezos's balls like HQ1 in Seattle, or if Bezos will plant only one of his large round balls in each city.

Amazon built The Spheres, which house indoor gardens, as an alternative working space for its employees in downtown Seattle.

Amazon has not confirmed any of the reports.

Reports that Amazon may split its new headquarters between two locations is raising questions about the financial incentives offered by those cities bidding to become the new hub.

But picking two HQ2 cities, Karys said, suggests that the future Amazon "is going to be a much more distributed organization", which will include adding jobs in Boston.

Unfazed, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was still eagerly awaiting Amazon's official announcement when he spoke to the Times on Monday.

While sites in Nassau and Suffolk counties weren't chosen, observers say a new Amazon HQ nearby will bode well for residents and companies here. Indianapolis is one of 20 finalists for the project. At the beginning of this year, he presciently predicted Amazon would choose NY or Washington for HQ2.

One last thing: Amazon is one of the most insular, secretive, and uncharitable companies I've ever encountered. The cost of living in D.C. or NY is not notably cheaper than Silicon Valley, he said. "But the arrival of the new headquarters would nearly certainly mean that home prices would spike in Northern Virginia".

  • Wendy Palmer