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Long Island City, Policy

Amazon is rethinking its move to Long Island City

By Devin Gannon, Fri, February 8, 2019

Via Wikimedia

After facing months of intense backlash from residents and local officials, Amazon is rethinking its plan to open a massive complex in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City, the Washington Post reported on Friday. Sources told the newspaper, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, that executives at the tech company have had discussions to reassess the plan to open its “HQ2” in New York City. “The question is whether it’s worth it if the politicians in New York don’t want the project, especially with how people in Virginia and Nashville have been so welcoming,” a source told the Post.

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Queens, Transportation

Cuomo announces $344M revamp of JFK’s Terminal 8

By Devin Gannon, Wed, February 6, 2019

jfk airport, terminal 8, governor cuomo

American Airlines and British Airways will invest $344 million over the next three years to revamp its terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. The project includes expanding and improving the customer experience at Terminal 8, where British Airways will move to from its current location in Terminal 7. The project falls under Cuomo’s $13 billion plan to overhaul JFK announced last October. The Port Authority is not contributing funds to the Terminal 8 project; 90 percent of the governor’s JFK plan will be privately funded.

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Cool Listings, Jamaica

Trump’s childhood home in Queens hits market for $2.9M

By Devin Gannon, Tue, February 5, 2019

85-15 Wareham Place, Donald Trump, Trump childhood home

President Donald Trump’s boyhood home in Jamacia Estates is set to hit the market this week for a pricey $2.9 million. The home, which is not owned by Trump or his organization, is decorated somewhat as a shrine to the president, with lots of framed photos of him, a copy of “The Art of the Deal,” and a life-size cut out of the Queens native in the living room. The owner, who bought the property in 2017 for $2.14 million under the guise of Trump Birth House LLC, requests offers be submitted via email, along with proof of funds. The home will then be sold through a closed bidding process, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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Long Island City, Policy

Amazon will fight efforts to unionize by NYC workforce

By Devin Gannon, Thu, January 31, 2019

amazon, long island city, amazon nyc

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

During a heated City Council hearing on Wednesday, Amazon said it will oppose efforts by its New York City workforce to unionize. Speaker Corey Johnson asked Brian Huseman, the public policy vice president for Amazon, if the company would allow workers to unionize while remaining neutral during the process. Huseman responded, “No, sir,” establishing a tense tone for the rest of the hearing, the Daily News reported.

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Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Rentals

FREE RENT: This week’s roundup of NYC rental news

By Ondel Hylton, Sat, January 26, 2019

Images (L to R): One Flatbush, 420 Kent, 33 Bond Street, and The Mosaic.

  • One Flatbush: New Rentals in the Heart of Downtown Brooklyn from $2,336/Month [LINK]
  • 33 Bond Street: Downtown Brooklyn Luxury Rentals with Balconies and Incredible Views from $2,530/Month [LINK]
  • The Mosaic: Bushwick Rentals Debut at 23 Menahan Street, No Fee 1 Bedrooms from $2,200/Month [LINK]
  • 420 Kent Avenue: Take a Look Inside Williamsburg Waterfront Rentals, Now Ready for Move-Ins [LINK]
  • The Landing at Brooklyn Bridge Park: Waterside Rentals Debut with 1 Month Free, Net Prices from $3,092/Month [LINK]
  • 525 West 52nd Street: Luxury Amenities for Residents – and Your Pets Too [LINK]
  • Hunters Landing: Newly Launched Long Island City Rentals with 3 Months Free, Net Prices from $2,222/Month [LINK]

 

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Construction Update, Hotels, Queens

Photo by Max Touhey

Officially in its final months of construction, the TWA Hotel is nearing touchdown at John F. Kennedy Airport. Led by MCR and Morse Development, the repurposing of Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center into a 512-room hotel and event space is set to wrap up this spring. And while 6sqft has followed the exciting project’s progress since it broke ground in 2016, a time-lapse video recently released by the developers show how the two, six-story hotel wings have taken shape behind Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center over the last two years.

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affordable housing, New Developments, Queens

Willets Point

Rendering of 126th Street facing north; image courtesy of NYCEDC

City officials have released long-awaited plans to develop the blighted Willets Point section of Corona, Queens. As 6sqft previously reported, the economic development site within the industrial neighborhood east of Citi Field known as the Iron Triangle was at one point slated for a cleanup of its toxic soil and the creation of affordable and senior housing that would replace a jumble of auto shops and industrial businesses. Finally surfacing almost four months after a task force submitted suggestions to the Econonmic Development Corp. (EDC), the plans contain two development scenarios including a soccer stadium and mixed-use scenario that includes residential development, retail and a school.

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City Living, Long Island City

Amazon fuels HQ2 buzz with shiny new job postings

By Michelle Cohen, Wed, January 16, 2019

amazon, long island city, amazon nyc

A pair of job postings listed by online retail giant Amazon kicked the excitement level up a notch in anticipation of the company’s new “HQ2” headed for Long Island City, Queens. According to Bloomberg, the ads, seeking a software development manager and software engineer, referred to the company’s impending New York expansion by saying the new HQ would be the site of a 50-person team starting in 2019 as part of its Intelligent Cloud Control group. Following a flurry of press inquiries, Amazon quickly added that though they would begin hiring for HQ2 later in 2019, the listings were for positions in an already-existing office.

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Long Island City, Policy

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Google Street View of Long Island City’s engine 261

In 2003, when then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg shuttered six city firehouses including Engine Company 261 at 37-20 29th Street in Long Island City, the growing neighborhood was nowhere near its current density. Since then, a veritable mini-city of high-rise residential towers has sprung up in the once-industrial Queens neighborhood; the FDNY has been considering the need for more firepower to keep the mini-metropolis safe. The recent announcement of Amazon’s impending arrival with 25,000 jobs in tow has given more urgency to concerns about the increased demand for emergency services, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Rentals

FREE RENT: This week’s roundup of NYC rental news

By Ondel Hylton, Sat, January 5, 2019

Images (L to R): 525 West 52nd Street, The Essex, 505 Union Avenue and 19 Dutch Street

  • The Essex: Rent at the tallest building in Essex Crossing with 2 months free [LINK]
  • Hunters Landing: New Long Island City rentals with 3 months free [LINK]
  • 525 West 52nd Street: Luxury Hells Kitchen rental has amenities for pets, too! [LINK]
  • 19 Dutch Street: New Financial District skyscraper leasing luxury studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments [LINK]
  • Talo38: Long Island City development debuts studio to three-bedrooms with 1 month free [LINK]
  • 101 Bedford Avenue: Williamsburg rental with amenities offers 2 months free [LINK]
  • 505 Union Avenue: Boutique ‘Union Corner’ rentals launch spacious one-bedrooms from $2,935/Month [LINK]



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