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What to Expect When Amazon Lands in Long Island City

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After playing off hard-luck downtowns against sunbelt suburbs and cities all over the country in pursuit of giant giveaways, Amazon apparently plans to split its second headquarters in two, dropping half on Northern Virginia and the other on Long Island City. To put that another way, after dangling the transformative power of a new corporate behemoth, Amazon chose the two cities where its presence will be noticed least. In New York, especially, the number of tech jobs has been rising in the city for well over a decade, so another 25,000 will just sharpen the curve. Last year’s opening of the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, a quick ferry ride from Long Island City, made the Queens waterfront an obvious candidate for the sector’s........

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