NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - Just as you might expect, New Yorkers are split on whether Amazon's HQ2, or second headquarters, should be built in New York. The Wall Street Journal reported that the tech giant is considering splitting its second headquarters into two locations—one in New York and one in Virginia.
The New York Times reported that this is virtually a done deal and that Amazon is nearing a deal to move to Long Island City in Queens and Arlington, Va., a Washington suburb.
LIC is in the midst of its own renaissance. More than 6,000 new residential units are expected to be ready to go by next year and many more will be ready by 2020.
Amazon gave cities six weeks to pitch themselves. The winner has to be close to an international airport and have 500,00 square feet of office space ready to go. Many cities, like New York, offered huge incentives in an effort to lure the company in.
Amazon initially promised to invest $5 billion over two decades to the winning location. Splitting the prize would mean hiring roughly 25,000 people with an average earning potential of $100,000 annually per area.
The office of Mayor Bill de Blasio declined to comment.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will do anything he can to see this through. He told reporters on Monday that he would even change his name to "Amazon" Cuomo.
"We will decline to comment on this story," a spokesperson for Amazon said in an email to Fox 5.