New York City is in turmoil with the news that Amazon could host half of its second headquarters in Long Island City, a neighborhood of Queens that is full of growth. In recent years, the area has seen an influx of young professionals and new developments, including condominiums and rental blocks.
Soon, Long Island City could become home to 25,000 Amazon employees, which would bring greater economic development and a new set of challenges.
As the news of Amazon's arrival was first reported by the New York Times, Long Island City residents shared their concerns about overcrowded schools, congested subways, and infrastructure in disuse. These effects could extend into adjacent neighborhoods, including those on the other side of the East River.
While many Amazon employees can look for properties in Long Island City, others may be attracted to cheaper neighborhoods such as Elmhurst, Queens or Jackson Heights, Queens. Many others could cling to the cultural liveliness of Brooklyn and Manhattan, which are just a subway ride.
Here are the neighborhoods that could start to swell with HQ2 employees.