Amazon Picking Long Island City & Northern Virginia For Split HQ2

The Wall Street Journal reported late Monday that Amazon has picked New York's Long Island City and Arlington County's Crystal City neighborhoods, citing people familiar with the matter.

- Amazon has chosen Northern Virginia and New York City as the locations for the company's newest headquarters, according to a new report.

Long Island City in Queens is one of the fastest-developing neighborhoods in New York City.

The Washington Post, which also confirmed the news Monday evening, noted that while "238 locations initially submitted proposals to Amazon, the Washington region was considered a favorite from the outset by many experts due to Bezos's personal connections in the region, particularly the $23 million mansion he purchased in the city's Kalorama neighborhood past year and his ownership of The Washington Post".

The Journal last week quoted an anonymous source as saying Amazon decided that dividing its second headquarters between two locations would spread the economic benefits as well as burdens - such as pressure on housing and transportation. The online retail giant, which is based in Seattle, narrowed its search to 20 cities vying for HQ2 at the beginning of the year.

Still, landing HQ2 would represent "incredible validation of just how far NY has come", says Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Center for an Urban Future think tank. The company has about 45,000 employees in the city, and the company said it needed to hire more employees than the city could attract or absorb. Its current world headquarters is in Seattle. Other cities may get other responsibilities, the newspaper added.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York has prepared a "great incentive package" to lure Amazon to the area, The New York Times reported.

Amazon factored in a host of qualifications for the selection of its new headquarters sites, including access to mass transit, proximity to an airport with direct flights to and from Seattle and-perhaps most important-a pool of available tech talent nearby.

It also has brought additional scrutiny to potential incentives Amazon might receive to locate in certain areas. Bernie Sanders, who have called out the company over issues like wages. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office began moving more than 7,000 jobs out of Crystal City in 2003.

A look at two communities said to be at the top of Amazon's list.

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