Amazon can say goodbye to Queens, but he still has hearts at the Great Apple.
After departing from a contract to build a headquarters on the Queen's edge in Long Island City, Amazon is back shopping for office space on Manhattan's Westside, telling sources to the Post.
The high-tech giant is in talks with two new shiny owners, shiny lying just in any block back from Penn Station: The modern sources of One Manhattan West and his sister-project two Manhattan West, provide sources to the Mail.
The online retailer is looking for “100,000 square feet at least or much more” – just to start, said one well located source.
Amazon, who already has 5,000 workers in NYC, was “seriously” looking at Two Manhattan West before he chose Long Island City in November, a second source said. “That interest returned in the last few weeks,” said the source.
Brookfield, who owned both Manhattan West towers (and another at 5 Manhattan West where Amazon is already a tenant) denied, through a spokesman that he was leasing to a Seattle company. However, multiple sources indicated that the company's strict confidentiality agreements were a possible cause.
“We don't mention rumors or speculation,” said Amazon spokesman.
At two Manhattan West, Amazon is looking at space at the top of the tower, said sources. The only issue is the building, which will be located on 31st Street and 9th Ave., you will not be ready for tenants until 2022.
In contrast, West Manhattan West will be ready for tenants to move in this fall, including a 250,000 sq ft space in the 67-story tower center. The 250,000 square feet space will not be available in the long term, but it could satisfy Amazon space requirements until there are two ready Manhattan, sources said.
Amazon is also considering space in the US Post Office building across the street, known as the James A. Farley building – the development of Vornado with office space across five levels and ready for tenants in May. next, said sources.
Amazon's renewed focus on Manhattan as soon as it has plans for queens has dropped out of its apparent reimbursement to the politicians who have helped scourge Amazon plans to build its 4 million-foot square campus in LIC, including Congressmen. US Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Queen's residents strongly supported plans for 25,000 new jobs with an average wage of $ 150,000, despite protests from Ocasio-Cortez and other politicians over $ 3.2 billion in capital grants and tax incentives, polls have been shown.
One reason was that all jobs brought by Amazon to the area would have a multiplier effect on five or more local jobs, including at local coffee shops, dry cleaners and food franchises, said Alfredo Ortiz, President & CEO of Network Job Creators.
On the contrary, Manhattan hardly registers the growth, experts said.
“Actually, such activity is lost in Manhattan,” said Kathryn Wylde, CEO of the Nonprofit Partnership for New York City.
Amazon could also invest in a 600 seat public school; workforce development and training space; artist's workspace; and 149,650 square feet of public open space among other projects – are now lost.
“Investment in Long Island City was creating a whole cluster of activity around it,” explained Wylde. “No one in Manhattan will have the same impact unless you go to Upper Manhattan.”
Additional reporting by Carleton English
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