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something else to consider..would you really want to be living next to/around the same people you see at work everyday? not me. it would be very hard to use all those sick days? you can't blame the subway or PATH or LIRR or NJ transit if you oversleep.

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The JC to Queens commute is not great, with both the PATH *and* the E/R trains getting very crowded.


Several of my clients moved from the garment center to LIC. Honestly, the travel time is the same since I'm not fighting my way to walk 1/2 mile through the crowded midtown streets. So, can JC be worth the extra fare to commute to LIC? Given that an unlimited Smartlink card is $1000/yr, you can easily save that in 2 months of rent over equivalent areas of Queens. Transferring at 23rd street to the F is a snap.

I'll also point out that outdoor recreation opportunities were on that list of requirements. I guess they downgraded it, but getting to the Catskills or Poconos is FAR easier from JC than Queens, one reason we moved here rather than Brooklyn 20 years ago.

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wonder if this will bring the Light Rail Proposal in LIC through Bk back to life

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I wouldn't want to schlep from JC to Long Is City. .

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JC will get a few crumbs. I'm not so sure that most Amazon will employees will want to live in Queens, especially with rising prices. If New Jersey had its second tunnel, maybe it could have attracted more crumbs.
Who wants to deal with constant train disruptions? I read somewhere that NY is even thinking about extending the "planned" 2Nd Hudson River train tunnel under the East River. transportation options/redundancies for a growing megacity is a good thing

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I don't expect this will have a big impact on JC, though it is plausible that some people who will be priced out of LIC/Queens could move to affordable parts of JC.


Depending on where exactly in LIC they go, the WTC PATH has a direct connection to the E and R lines, which go right to the Queensboro Plaza area. I think the region as a whole will benefit, including Downtown JC, as not every one of those 25k employees is going to want to live in Queens.


My thoughts exactly. These things do not operate in a vacuum. I would be very happy if I owned rental property near a PATH train stop right now.

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Well, it's official.

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I don't expect this will have a big impact on JC, though it is plausible that some people who will be priced out of LIC/Queens could move to affordable parts of JC.


Depending on where exactly in LIC they go, the WTC PATH has a direct connection to the E and R lines, which go right to the Queensboro Plaza area. I think the region as a whole will benefit, including Downtown JC, as not every one of those 25k employees is going to want to live in Queens.


Mostly true, about many people not wanting to live in Queens, but both Astoria and LIC have seen incredible growth over the past few years. They can probably attract a large chunk of the people getting hired by Amazon. The JC to Queens commute is not great, with both the PATH *and* the E/R trains getting very crowded.

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Well, it's official.

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I don't expect this will have a big impact on JC, though it is plausible that some people who will be priced out of LIC/Queens could move to affordable parts of JC.


Depending on where exactly in LIC they go, the WTC PATH has a direct connection to the E and R lines, which go right to the Queensboro Plaza area. I think the region as a whole will benefit, including Downtown JC, as not every one of those 25k employees is going to want to live in Queens.

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Well, it's official.

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I don't expect this will have a big impact on JC, though it is plausible that some people who will be priced out of LIC/Queens could move to affordable parts of JC.

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"...Long Island City will share the new Amazon headquarters with Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac from Washington, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Amazon began looking in September 2017 for a site for a second headquarters."

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Well, until the official announcement is made (possibly later today) nothing is a sure thing.

One of the Amazon VPs in charge of the process lost his shit over Crystal City officials leaking information to the press (certain details made it clear the leaks were coming from government officials involved in the talks) and there is/was a chance they could have changed the specifics of the actual location within Arlington.

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"...Long Island City will share the new Amazon headquarters with Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac from Washington, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Amazon began looking in September 2017 for a site for a second headquarters."

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There was no affordable housing when the Dutch and English and yes, some of my ancestors were here since both parents have some native American blood. My mother, can claim Chatow and my father can claim, Cheyenne.

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... This is due to legal and illegal immigration. Immigrants go to cities, the reason for the homeless people in many areas.


.. and I take you are here since before Dutch and English came, eh?

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Sorry pooh,

That was the wrong article. This one makes it clearer:

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news ... 8-dispensaries/684484002/


Well pooh,

Looks closer than you thought eh?

Any comment?

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Sorry pooh,

That was the wrong article. This one makes it clearer:

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news ... 8-dispensaries/684484002/

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It's really too bad that JC won't get the nod, but I really believe that the voracious appetite of the politicians in New Jersey would set off alarms with Bezo's search crew.
Well, at least we've got a hundred marijuana stores opening soon with a projected billion in taxes generating. That should help the financing of government somewhat.


I truly hope that last line was an attempt at sarcasm. New Jersey will not be seeing a windfall of billions due to legalized weed any time soon, or ever. The way things are playing out, it seems like NYS will beat NJ to legalization.


How do I know? I read it in the daily news (to quote an old tune):

http://www.nj.com/marijuana/2018/04/w ... in_new_nj_medical_ma.html


Do you understand that there is a difference between legalization of recreational marijuana use and legal medical marijuana? The latter is already a reality, while the former is the type of legislation that could bring tax revenue.

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A new twist in the Seattle / Amazon kerfuffle:

http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/12/news/ ... zon-tax-repeal/index.html

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It's really too bad that JC won't get the nod, but I really believe that the voracious appetite of the politicians in New Jersey would set off alarms with Bezo's search crew.
Well, at least we've got a hundred marijuana stores opening soon with a projected billion in taxes generating. That should help the financing of government somewhat.


I truly hope that last line was an attempt at sarcasm. New Jersey will not be seeing a windfall of billions due to legalized weed any time soon, or ever. The way things are playing out, it seems like NYS will beat NJ to legalization.


How do I know? I read it in the daily news (to quote an old tune):

http://www.nj.com/marijuana/2018/04/w ... in_new_nj_medical_ma.html

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Jersey City HQ2!

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It's really too bad that JC won't get the nod, but I really believe that the voracious appetite of the politicians in New Jersey would set off alarms with Bezo's search crew.
Well, at least we've got a hundred marijuana stores opening soon with a projected billion in taxes generating. That should help the financing of government somewhat.


I truly hope that last line was an attempt at sarcasm. New Jersey will not be seeing a windfall of billions due to legalized weed any time soon, or ever. The way things are playing out, it seems like NYS will beat NJ to legalization.

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It's really too bad that JC won't get the nod, but I really believe that the voracious appetite of the politicians in New Jersey would set off alarms with Bezo's search crew.
Well, at least we've got a hundred marijuana stores opening soon with a projected billion in taxes generating. That should help the financing of government somewhat.

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What’s Inside Jersey City’s Unsuccessful Amazon HQ2 Proposal?
By Jared Kofsky - June 11, 20185


While Jersey City will not be home to Amazon’s second headquarters (HQ2), we now know what exactly was included in City Hall’s unsuccessful pitch to the company.

The process for selecting HQ2, which some have referred to as a PR stunt by the Seattle-based company, involved hundreds of cities and metropolitan areas all over North America submitting proposals last fall. In addition to Jersey City, the Garden State municipalities and counties that sent in applications to Amazon were Atlantic City, Bayonne, Camden County, New Brunswick, Newark, Trenton, and West Windsor, according to Quartz. However, only Newark, which had received the state’s endorsement, was selected by Amazon as one of the 20 finalists.

Through a public records request, Jersey Digs obtained Jersey City’s application, which offered six reasons why Amazon should select the state’s second-largest city. City Hall cited the potential for the company to insert itself into the New York skyline without paying Manhattan prices, stated that there is more than a million square feet of available space and over 20 million square feet at approved development sites, and claimed that “up to $5 billion in economic incentives, up to 30 years of property tax abatement, and no city income tax” would be available.

Plus, the application explained that Jersey City’s location and proximity to Hudson Yards offers “unmatched access and connectivity,” that the city offers a “safe, welcoming, exciting, and thriving community” with high quality of life, and that this is “the most culturally diverse and accepting city” in the United States.

The proposal offered “two prime locations” near the Hudson River waterfront: LeFrak’s 700 Washington Boulevard in Newport and Mack-Cali’s properties at Harborside. The overview stated that the Newport site, which included the northeast quadrant between Newport Green Park and Hoboken Terminal, could have been built to suit by 2020, while the six sites being offered at Harborside could have been built to suit within 24 to 36 months.

The Harborside sites included parts of existing buildings along with properties for new development such as the parking lot at 242 Hudson Street, the parking lot at 20 Christopher Columbus Drive, part of the Harborside Financial Center at 10 Christopher Columbus Drive, and the office building at 2 Montgomery Street.

The transportation section of the proposal mentioned that New York Waterway would have provided Amazon-only ferries along with “any level of customized services required by Amazon.”

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As I follow this story I have to wonder: won't Bezos do his homework on New Jersey with its penchant for politicians and their sycophants having their hands out?
Does anyone wonder what happened to that hundred million Zuckerberg gave to Newark a few years back? It was like a bag of potato chips to the hordes waiting in line for their piece of the pie.
My prediction is that Bezos will bypass New Jersey entirely. Murphy has already grabbed from the companies who got a reduction in the corporate rate.

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The thing not clear is if this employee head tax includes only employees in the city limits... or all the employees on the Amazon payroll. I assume the latter looking at the $47M annual revenue. Did they also include contractors?

And some foolish local people are complaining because they did not stick with the original $540 per head? Did they calculate the unemployment benefits for former employees that can't move with their jobs? Never thought it was possible to be sympathetic to Amazon and Starbucks.


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http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/15/techn ... fic-newsletter/index.html

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What does affordable housing have to do with this? Most of these employees will be earning 100k+ salaries, I can't imagine affordable housing is high on their list of demands.


I was just following up on the subject the you and Yvonne were having earlier in the thread about population and housing etc.

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Facts are facts, I just reported the census, instead of name calling I suggest you look up the census record, but if you did that the air would blow out of your argument. You cannot stand to hear the truth. So check the census from the mid-1980s to now.


No one said your factoid was wrong, it's just that you have utterly zero understanding of economics, and the complex relationship between population, demographics, and economic growth.

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There is a homeless problem in all urban areas because housing that traditionally went to the poor are being used by others. In the mid-1980s, the US population was 229 million, it is now 329 million, an increase of 100 million. This is due to legal and illegal immigration. Immigrants go to cities, the reason for the homeless people in many areas.


It's because of disgusting NIMBYs like Yvonne that cities can't build enough housing to make market rates affordable to lower-middle class families, regardless of population growth.


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Facts are facts, I just reported the census, instead of name calling I suggest you look up the census record, but if you did that the air would blow out of your argument. You cannot stand to hear the truth. So check the census from the mid-1980s to now.

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What does affordable housing have to do with this? Most of these employees will be earning 100k+ salaries, I can't imagine affordable housing is high on their list of demands.


Basic economics. Dump a bunch of people into a market at any price point and it will disrupt it. Any increased demand will drive up prices throughout the price range.


Newark is already starting to undergo a building boom that will bring many more market rate units onto the market...and it's not like 100k people would be moving next year, opening a second HQ is a huge process and would likely take them several years to fully build out a new site and actually hire new people. Jersey City thankfully is building like crazy, I suspect a good many would wind up moving here instead of staying in Newark proper.


Not sure you understand the Amazon business model... but it is not built on taking several years to spin up a business location or operation and then hiring talent... if they want to get into fresh food distribution, they buy Whole Foods.

They will have their 7/6 Figure Mgmt Team transferring from Seattle and/or hired locally in place when they announce the winning location. Bezos did not get rich wasting time or money. The new location will have an immediate impact.

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