Amazon eyeing New York City base
New York City is officially throwing its hat in the ring to lure Amazon’s proposed second headquarters, hoping a large diverse workforce, extensive university system, big-city living, and status as an epicentre of industry will overcome its major drawback as one of the country’s most expensive housing markets. The city is highlighting the example of Google, which has 5,000 employees in Manhattan, as a prime example of how West Coast tech can thrive in the Big Apple. Another major selling point is that New York offers access to various industries Amazon is entering, including advertising, media, fashion, food, and finance, said Alicia Glen, the city’s deputy mayor for housing and economic development. “For a company like Amazon that wants to be in all of these different sectors, they have to be thinking this is a great place to put roots down for the next half century,” she said. Seattlebased Amazon last week solicited proposals for the headquarters, a project that will cost over $5bn, and create 50,000 jobs over the next 15-17 years. New York has competition from big cities such as Boston and Chicago and smaller markets like Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Memphis. Amazon plans to make a decision next year. The company has said its criteria include a metropolitan area of at least 1m people with an airport offering convenient flights to Seattle and Washington.