New York City is abuzz with the news that Amazon might house half of its second headquarters in Long Island City— a Queens neighborhood that’s teeming with growth. In recent years, the area has seen an influx of young professionals and new development, including high-rise condos and rental towers.
Soon, Long Island City could become home to 25,000 Amazon employees, who would bring more economic development — and a new set of challenges.
Since the news of Amazon’s arrival was first reported by the New York Times, Long Island City residents have shared their concerns about overcrowded schools, congested subways, and failing infrastructure. These effects could spill over into adjacent neighborhoods, including those on the other side of the East River.
While many Amazon employees may look for real estate in Long Island City, others could be drawn to cheaper neighborhoods like Elmhurst, Queens, or Jackson Heights, Queens. Many more may cling to the cultural vibrancy of Brooklyn and Manhattan, which are just a subway trip away.
Here are the neighborhoods that could start swelling with HQ2 employees.