• New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says Amazon shouldn't be receiving tax breaks for HQ2

    6 monthes ago - By The Verge

    The latest high-profile public figure to criticize the deal New York made with Amazon to bring half of the company's new headquarters to Long Island City, Queens is none other than New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Announced on Tuesday , Amazon ended a months-long search for a second headquarters by choosing to expand two existing satellite offices in New York City and Arlington, Virginia, disappointing the hundreds of cities and regions in the US that vied to secure the promised 50,000 jobs and the income tax and infrastructure spending it could bring with it.
    Alongside fellow New York...
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  • Why Amazon's HQ2 Search Backfired

    Why Amazon's HQ2 Search Backfired

    6 monthes ago - By Wired

    Amazon's year-long pursuit of new office space highlighted just how much billion-dollar companies can get from taxpayers.
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  • Amazon's HQ2 in Virginia Leaves a Real Estate Firm Poised to Cash In

    6 monthes ago - By NY Times

    JBG Smith is the largest landowner in a Virginia area some have called a ghost town. That could change fast with Amazon's new office plans.
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  • What it takes to drive a 42-foot-long fire truck

    6 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    Firefighters in New York City train for two weeks on Randall's Island to learn how to drive fire trucks .
    Some fire trucks weigh 40 tons and are 42 feet long.
    Watch the video above to learn what the training is like, which includes lectures, a virtual simulator, and an obstacle course.
    Following is a transcript of the video.
    Narrator: What if instead of your mom's Ford Focus, your driver's test was parallel parking this? Parallel parking is just one part of the two-week training that New York City firefighters go through. The end result? They get certified to drive 42-foot-long fire...
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  • Politicians and protestors are looking for ways to stop Amazon's New York HQ2

    Politicians and protestors are looking for ways to stop Amazon's New York HQ2

    6 monthes ago - By The Verge

    When New York's governor and New York City's mayor appeared alongside an Amazon executive yesterday to announce Amazon's HQ2 setting up shop in the city, the mood was celebratory. But some locals are pushing back and considering what would need to happen to scuttle the deal.
    Amazon's decision to build a new facility in Long Island City, Queens, as well as in Northern Virginia, has been met with stiff resistance. Two local politicians, State Sen. Michael Gianaris and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, have said an “unprecedented amounts of tax dollars” will be going to Amazon through tax...
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  • New York City to Amazon: drop dead

    6 monthes ago - By The Guardian

    In Queens, opponents of second HQ say building plans bypass elected officials, will rip off taxpayers and harm neighborhood Politicians and advocates gathered in Queens on Wednesday to denounce a multibillion-dollar plan to bring a new Amazon headquarters to New York. One city councilman called the move “an assault on our democracy”. Related: 'It's obscene and wrong': Amazon HQ2 gets typically warm New York welcome Don't be fooled by the magic numbers that they're throwing around. This is a bunch of bull Related: What Amazon HQ2 tells us about America's great divide | Robert Reich
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  • Scores protest against new Amazon HQ in Queens, NY

    6 monthes ago - By Phys.org

    Around 100 people on Wednesday protested against Amazon's impending arrival in New York's borough of Queens, condemning $3 billion in tax breaks and incentives, and worried ordinary families will be pushed out by gentrification.
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  • Airports near Amazon's new HQ2 sites are already gearing up for the influx of people coming to their cities

    Airports near Amazon's new HQ2 sites are already gearing up for the influx of people coming to their cities

    6 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    Amazon 's new HQ2 is expected to bring 50,000 employees to Long Island City in Queens, New York, and Arlington, Virginia just outside of Washington D.C.
    According to TSA administrator David Pekoske, his agency is already planning for the influx of new passenger traffic created by the new Amazon facilities.
    The four airports most affected by HQ2 are Reagan National and Dulles International Airports in the Washington D.C. area as well as LaGuardia and JFK International Airports in New York.
    After months of waiting Amazon finally confirmed on Tuesday that its new secondary global headquarters...
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