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High-Tech Degrees and the Price of an Avocado: The Data New York Gave to Amazon

“During the process it became clear to us that the overriding criteria was going to be the ability to find and attract talent,” Jay Carney, a senior vice president at Amazon, said in an interview immediately after the company announced its plans for New York and Virginia. Was any of …

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What Happens When 25,000 Amazon Workers Flush Toilets?

Amazon says its new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, will bring 25,000 jobs. It will also bring more crowds, more noise and, yes, more toilet flushing. It might seem mundane, but what happens in the bathroom matters: New York, for all its modern conveniences, sits atop a century-old sewage …

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Bits: The Week in Tech: Amazon Finally Makes an HQ2 Decision

Until recently, Amazon barely involved itself in Seattle’s civic politics. Its growth was steady for more than a decade, only kicking into high gear the past few years. For a while, Amazon’s main involvement with city hall was more about small things like approvals for street vacations than major politics. …

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The Look of Amazon’s HQ2 Winners, Before Amazon

Instead of one new home, Amazon chose two. Two places, with waterfront views and organic shops and abandoned buildings, that will someday house tens of thousands of high-tech workers. We spent much of this week in those two places, Crystal City in Arlington, Va., and Long Island City in Queens, …

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Amazon’s New York Home Qualifies as ‘Distressed’ Under Federal Tax Law

State governors selected the zones from a list of eligible census tracts, based on a formula used to calculate eligibility for another federal effort to aid struggling areas, the longstanding New Markets Tax Credit. Governors were allowed to designate one-quarter of eligible areas as opportunity zones. Their designations were approved …

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Amazon HQ2: How New York and Virginia Won the Beauty Contest

After 14 months of pitches, meetings and offers of incentives and name changes, Amazon announced on Tuesday that its second headquarters would be on two sites: one in Long Island City, Queens, and another in Arlington, Va. The company is also developing a smaller operations and logistics facility in Nashville. …

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A $2 Billion Question: Did New York and Virginia Overpay for Amazon?

New York City did not offer any special tax breaks to Amazon as part of the deal. But the company will be able to take advantage of existing city tax credits, including a program designed to encourage companies to create jobs outside the busiest parts of Manhattan. The program, open …

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Amazon Announces New York and Virginia as HQ2 Picks

SEATTLE — Amazon laid out its plans for two of the biggest economic development projects in the country on Tuesday, announcing that it will put major corporate outposts in New York City and Arlington, Va. The two locations, in Long Island City in Queens and Crystal City in Arlington, just …

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Amazon’s HQ2 Will Benefit From New York City. But What Does New York Get?

Not that young tech workers, more and more of them immigrants, wanted to live in suburbia, anyway. Increasingly they demanded the diversity and benefits of city life. And so did successful innovation companies, following the lead of workers. Another way to put it is that companies like Google, Facebook and …

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Amazon’s New Neighbor: The Nation’s Largest Housing Project

Until recently, the most important thing to know about Amazon for residents of the Queensbridge Houses, the country’s largest public housing project, was that any packages left in a lobby would likely be stolen. But Amazon may soon be a far larger presence in their New York City neighborhood. The …

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