Amazon HQ2

Busy Suffolk IDA eyes jobs in new incentives packages

By GREGORY ZELLER // Take a breath, Suffolk County IDA! It’s already been a busy 2020 for the jobs-focused Industrial Development Agency, which continued to build pro-employment momentum this week with fresh tax-incentive deals promising hundreds of temporary construction jobs in the short term and the creation/retention of hundreds of full-time positions later. Just weeks after greenlighting tax breaks for the developers of Destination KP – a tourism magnet billed as “the largest privately owned…


Yes, there is life after HQ2 – if we’re smart about it

By PHIL RUGILE // With the Amazon pullout from Queens, politicians and businesspeople are apoplectic about our future. Well, hold on – when life throws you lemons, time to make lemonade. Maybe with vodka. The reality is, we are still in growth mode and we need innovation spaces more than ever. Labor Department data shows an overall increase in jobs, though many business owners will tell you finding talent is their biggest growth challenge –…


No. 364: Planning HQ2, digitizing Robert Moses and still taking giant leaps for mankind, a half-century later

  All downhill from here: Over the hump we go, dear readers, as another wintry Wednesday arrives (though it’s still not winter) and we race through the midpoint of another busy workweek. Ride share: Before we get to it, welcome new newsletter subscribers Alida, Greg, Michael, Marc, Carmela, George, Nina, Stanley, Stacy, Brittany, Sarah, Christopher, MJ and Cristian. What a fine-looking group! Please keep your hands in the car at all times. Not taking sides:…


Daniel Gale Sotheby’s sees the forest for HQ2’s trees

By GREGORY ZELLER // With the echo barely faded from Amazon’s announcement heard ’round the nation – that Long Island City and Crystal City, Va., will host bifurcated “HQ2” facilities – Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty and several forward-thinking affiliates are getting busy. The Cold Spring Harbor-based agency announced this week the creation of MyHQ2Home.com, an online real estate collective offering relocation and referral services specifically to employees flocking to Amazon’s new headquarters facilities. Designed…


Amazon warrior Cuomo defends deal, crushes critics

By GOV. ANDREW CUOMO // Editor’s note: This article has been edited for length. The full text of the governor’s op-ed is available here.   The Amazon transaction is an historic transformative moment for the entire New York City region. I have done enough development work during my career to know there is no large development project that is accomplished without controversy, especially in a city like New York and especially in this polarized, hyper-political time. While…


No. 355: On MOMA, Joni Mitchell, waste-to-energy and surviving the Election of 2018

  The day after: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers. The election is over, the republic still stands and the midpoint of a most exciting week of socioeconomic innovation is upon us. It’s Nov. 7 out there, and one way or another, the recent onslaught of political advertising has ended. Now, as the rhetoric recedes to CNN and Fox, we can finally tune it out and and enjoy “Guy’s Grocery Games” in peace. Distractions: To help…


No. 274: Out-of-the-Voxx thinking, a literal lightbulb moment, an Amazonian longshot and making waves in Hauppauge

The end of the tunnel (and lights): Welcome to the blessed end of another work week. Today is Jan. 19 and the 135th anniversary of the first-ever electric lighting system employing overhead wires – Thomas Edison’s novel system started juicing Roselle, NJ, on this date in 1883. Speaking of bright ideas: The neon tube light was patented on this date, by inventor George Claude (1915), and the granddaddy of wordy board games, Scrabble, made its…