All images via NYCEDC
Leave it to New York City to make a lasting impression. Last night, iconic buildings lit up in “Amazon Orange” in support of the city’s official bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, which was submitted yesterday.
In addition to the Empire State Building, 1 Bryant Park and One World Trade, billboards across Times Square and CityBridge’s LinkNYC kiosks across the five boroughs also lit up in bright orange, beginning at 9 pm yesterday. Moody’s Analytics study currently ranks New York City in sixth place on a list of metropolitan areas expected to win the bid; in first place is Austin/Rock Round, Texas.
New York City’s proposal, which was submitted in partnership with the State of New York, highlighted the competitive advantages of the city. According to NYCEDC, it’s home to the largest pool of talent in the country, in addition to the nation’s most diverse economy and notable institutions for research and academics. The de Blasio administration has specifically pitched Midtown West, Long Island City, the Brooklyn Tech Triangle (DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn and the Navy Yard), and Lower Manhattan as the four best spots for the headquarters.
“The case for bringing Amazon’s new headquarters to New York City is simple: we are the global capital of commerce, culture and innovation,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “No city has stronger talent, greater diversity or a more dynamic economy.”
The headquarters is slated to bring 50,000 “good-paying” jobs and an investment of over $5 billion to a North American city, the NYCEDC press release states.