Alexa, is Amazon Coming to New York City?

After all the pomp and circumstance announcing Long Island City, Queens, as a selected location for HQ2 last December, Amazon reneged on the deal, leaving many entrepreneurs and speculators in the lurch. Now, Amazon is courting New York City again, looking to expand its distribution operations in Brooklyn, considering building a distribution center in Maspeth, Queens, and seeking office space in Manhattan.

Crain’s announced last week that Amazon is eyeing a 35-acre property in Industry City in Sunset Park for a new 1 million square foot logistics facility, and today they released an article stating that Amazon is looking at a ground-up build in Queens. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported late last week that Amazon is looking at the 12-story Lord & Taylor building on Fifth Avenue, which would provide roughly 600,000 square feet of work space. This all after Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos’ $80 million NYC penthouse purchase last month.

The e-Commerce giant currently occupies a 50,000 square foot facility near Industry City and operates warehouses in the Long Island hamlet of Bethpage and on Staten Island. So let’s do the math there. If Amazon pulls the trigger on all of these, they’ll occupy more than 3.3 million square feet of space in New York City alone.

Industry City facility                  50,000 square feet
Bethpage facility                        161,360 square feet
Staten Island facility                 855,000 square feet
New Industry City facility      1,000,000 square feet
New Maspeth facility                700,000 square feet
Manhattan office space            600,000 square feet

And this doesn’t even include their 11,000 square foot AWS loft, 962,000 square feet of existing offices around the City, Amazon lockers, and Amazon stores. While NYC may not have been the choice for HQ2, Amazon is everywhere.

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