Packages decorated with Amazon logos travel along a conveyor at the inside of an Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA, 27 November 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Amazon may have to say goodbye to Queens, but it still “heart” of the Big Apple.
After walking away from a deal to build a headquarters on the Queens water in Long Island City, Amazon is back to shopping for office space on Manhattan’s West Side, sources tell The Post.
The tech giant is in talks with the owners of the two shiny, new skyscrapers is just a block west of Penn Station: The newly built One Manhattan West and her soon-to-be sister project of Two Manhattan West, sources tell The Post.
The online retailer is looking to “at least 100,000 square feet or more” — just to start with, a well-placed source said.
Amazon, which is already 5000 employees in NYC, was “seriously” looking for Two Manhattan West prior to the choosing Long Island City, in November, a second source said. “That interest has returned in the last few weeks,” the source added.
Brookfield, which owns the two Manhattan West towers (and the other 5 Manhattan West, where Amazon already has a tenant), denied through a spokesman that the lease of the Seattle company. But several sources pointed to the company’s strict confidentiality agreements as a possible reason.
“We have no comment on rumors or speculation,” an Amazon spokeswoman said.
Two Manhattan West, Amazon is a look at the space at the top of the tower, the sources said. The only problem is that the building, located on 31st Street and 9th Ave., not ready for tenants until 2022.
A Manhattan West, on the other hand, will be ready for tenants to move in this fall, including a 250,000-square-foot space in the middle of the 67-story tower. The 250,000-square-foot space is not available on the long-term, but may meet Amazon’s space needs up to Two Manhattan is ready, the sources said.
Amazon is also given the space in the U.S. Post Office building on the other side of the street, known as the James A. Farley building — a Vornado development that is provided with office space in five levels and will be ready for tenants next May, the sources said.
Amazon’s renewed focus on Manhattan, so soon after the fall his plans for Queens is a clear rebuke to the politicians who helped scuttle Amazon’s plan for the construction of the 4 million-square-foot campus in the LIC, including US Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the sources said.
Queens residents overwhelmingly supported plans for 25,000 new jobs with an average wage of $150,000, despite protests from Ocasio-Cortez and other politicians more than $3.2 billion in capital subsidies and tax incentives, polls have shown.
One of the reasons is that every job that Amazon brought to the area would have had a multiplier effect on five or more other local jobs, at the local coffee shops, dry cleaning and food franchises, said Alfredo Ortiz, President & CEO of the Job Creators Network.
Manhattan, on the other hand, will barely register in the growth, experts said.
“Frankly, that type of activity lost in Manhattan,” said Kathryn Wylde, CEO of the nonprofit nership for New York City.
The Long Island City deal would have also seen Amazon invest in a 600-seat public school; a workforce development and training space; an artists’ workspace; and 149,650 square metres of public open space, among other projects — which is now lost.
“The investment in Long Island City was going to create a whole cluster of activities around the” Wylde explained. “No one is the same effect in Manhattan, unless you go to Manhattan.”
Additional reporting by Carleton English
This story was previously published in the New York Post.