Amazon HQ2 plans get mixed reaction in New York and Northern Virginia
- Washington, DC (CNN) - The news of Amazon's massive expansion in New York City and Northern Virginia is already stirring strong feelings from local leaders and communities.
- But there's one thing everyone can agree on: Amazon's decision to split its new headquarters, called HQ2, between Arlington, Virginia and Long Island City, New York will have far-reaching implications.
- Mellow, president of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, said the news is a way to diversify the tech sector, which has historically been dominated by men.
- Jimmy Van Bramer, the New York Council member representing Long Island City, and Michael Gianaris, the area's state senator, were less thrilled.
- But Michal Strejcovsky, general manager of Bierocracy in Long Island City, said he sees a great opportunity to host Amazon parties, given his beer hall's large capacity.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he will continue to boycott Amazon as the state offers more than $1.5 billion for its HQ2
- New York City is getting one of Amazon's new headquarters — and the mayor couldn't be happier.
- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced as much during a joint press conference with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, held after news broke that Amazon had chosen Long Island City as one of the sites for its second headquarters, HQ2.
- De Blasio said it was "a great day for New York City" and "an extraordinary day for Queens" now that Amazon is coming to town for HQ2.
- New York has offered more than $1.5 billion in tax breaks if Amazon hits certain employment targets.
Amazon just unveiled its HQ2 selections, and some locals are furious
- Amazon finally brought the race for HQ2 to a close on Tuesday morning after it selected Long Island City in Queens, New York, and the newly formed National Landing area of Arlington, Virginia.
- These people have likely taken note of the impact that many argue Amazon has had on its current headquarters in Seattle, where locals complain of skyrocketing rents, prolonged construction, gentrification, and gridlock traffic.
- Real-estate brokers in Long Island City had already seen a spike in inquiries for properties in the area after reports surfaced that Amazon could select it for HQ2 last week.
- Some were even buying property, sight-unseen, over text message, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Tuesday.
- Newly elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who will represent the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes Long Island City, was less than enthused about Amazon's move to this part of town.
Sweetgreen is now valued at more than $1 billion
- Sweetgreen, the fast-casual salad chain that's known for its cult-like following and drawing long lines during lunchtime hours, is now valued at over $1 billion.
- The company plans to use the funding to invest in its app, open new locations, and expand its new Outpost service, a new no-fee delivery system in corporate offices.
- Neman told Forbes that the company could have more than 2,000 in place by the end of next year.
- Since then, it has expanded quickly, opening stores around the US and launching a mobile ordering platform to reduce long lunchtime lines.
- In a recent interview with Bloomberg, its founders discussed plans to grow its store base to 100 by the end of the year and expand its digital service.
- According to Neman, the company's online ordering revenue is increasing at a rate of 80% year over year.
The 76ers trade for Jimmy Butler is a 'high risk, high reward' gamble that could change the course of the franchise
- Despite the ways Butler, Simmons, and Embiid could blend on the floor, the Sixers will need to get deeper, and they'll need more shooting.
- By trading for Butler, the Sixers can offer him a five-year, $190 million contract when he becomes a free agent this summer.
- If Butler can coexist with Simmons and Embiid, the Sixers will have a star trio locked up, with cap space to tinker with their supporting cast.
- Someone will offer Butler a max contract this offseason if the Sixers do not, and while they could let Butler walk and use their cap space to lure another star, who is available?
- Butler isn't a seamless fit with the team, but he was the rare superstar available, the type of elite player Brown said the Sixers needed to add.
The losers of Amazon's HQ2 contest have been revealed — but some locals are rejoicing
- After a year-long search, Amazon has finally announced where its new headquarters will be located.
- In a blog post on Tuesday, the e-commerce giant crowned two winners for its HQ2: Long Island City in Queens, New York, and the newly formed National Landing area of Arlington, Virginia.
- Many people are rejoicing the news online, pointing out the various downfalls that this sprawling headquarters could have brought to their city.
- These people have likely taken note of the impact that many argue Amazon has had on its current home in Seattle, where locals complain of skyrocketing rents, prolonged construction, gentrification, and gridlock traffic.
- Business Insider reported earlier this year that Seattle's median rent increased by nearly three times the national median between 2005 and 2015.
- Real estate brokers in Long Island City had already seen a spike in inquiries for properties in the area after reports surfaced that Amazon could select it for HQ2 last week.
Here’s the first teaser for the final season of Game of Thrones
- Game of Thrones is the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin's best-selling Song of Ice and Fire series of novels—for those of you who've been living under a rock since the show debuted in 2011 and turned into a bona fide global phenomenon.
- It's a ratings blockbuster for HBO that has won multiple Emmys and may be one of the most expensive TV series ever made, thanks to numerous film-quality battle scenes, CGI dragons, and a simply massive all-star cast of characters.
- Game of Thrones quickly distinguished itself for killing off a slew of seemingly major characters with nary a flinch over the course of seven seasons.
- Humans who die by their hand in the north turn into ice zombies, or "wights." And now the wall has fallen and the Night King is marching on Westeros.
New York City has lured Amazon with more than $1.5 billion in incentives — here's what else they agreed to
- On Tuesday, in a blog post, Amazon named the two winners of its HQ2 project: Long Island City in Queens, New York, and the newly formed National Landing area of Arlington, Virginia.
- The much-anticipated news comes after a year-long search that started with 238 proposals that were whittled down to a short list of 20 sites at the beginning of the year.
- As a result, cities and states leaped at the chance to win over the e-commerce giant, putting together proposals for suitable sites and even offering tax incentives to sweeten the deal.
- On Tuesday, both Cuomo and New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Amazon's decision to pick New York.
- The exact terms of New York's deal with Amazon had been laid out in a series of documents, signed by The City of New York, two city organizations, and a representative of Amazon.
Facebook tweaks group mentorship tool so users can choose their mentors
- Facebook announced today that it’s pivoting a mentorship tool it started testing among groups earlier this year, as the company tries to position itself more as a site for personal and professional development.
- He said that among career related groups, many are using the mentorship tool to find someone to field questions they don’t feel comfortable asking through their chain of management.
- One of the groups piloting the mentorship tool is Female Navy Officers, where O’Reilly said group members are using it to ask questions about what it’s like being a woman in the Navy.
- Facebook also made some other career announcements today, notably that it’s launching its own online education site called Learn with Facebook.
- It sounds more like Facebook is just beginning to gauge how receptive users will be to using its career development tools.
‘This boat belongs in Canada’: Yacht nerds fret over sale of historic B.C. vessel
- The boat he captained was the Taconite, the finest private yacht in the Pacific Northwest, commissioned by William Boeing, the Seattle aviation pioneer whose company built seaplanes — and classic wooden yachts — in the old Boeing plant on Vancouver’s waterfront in the 1930s.
- Levett sold the boat in June to a mysterious foreign buyer for an equally mysterious sum (rumoured to be $1 million), triggering a panic among Taconite’s old deckhands and classic yacht-loving B.C. captains — including Levett himself — who fear that a West Coast jewel is poised to sail away for good.
- Walters worries the new owner, rumoured to be French and — according to unnamed sources at Maple Bay, the Vancouver Island marina where Taconite is moored — planning to relocate the boat to the Bahamas, doesn’t fully appreciate what he has bought.