The company announced the news in a press release on Tuesday

By Emily Zauzmer
November 13, 2018 11:00 AM
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Amazon has chosen some prime locations for its new headquarters.

Amazon, which is based in Seattle, has settled on New York City and Northern Virginia as spots for its headquarters, the company said in a press release on Tuesday. It will plant itself in Long Island City and National Landing.

The company will pour $5 billion into opening up 50,000 jobs in N.Y.C. and Virginia. Amazon considered 238 destinations as possibilities for its headquarters, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Amazon further said that Nashville will become the home of its Center of Excellence for its Operations, which will hire 5,000 more people.

“We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia,” Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon, stated in the press release. “These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come. The team did a great job selecting these sites, and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of these communities.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in the press release, “This is a giant step on our path to building an economy in New York City that leaves no one behind. We are thrilled that Amazon has selected New York City for its new headquarters.”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently became the youngest woman elected to Congress, tweeted that Queens residents felt “outrage” about the news.

“Amazon is a billion-dollar company. The idea that it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here,” she wrote.

New York’s state senator Michael Gianaris and council member Jimmy Van Bramer put out a statement expressing “serious reservations about the reported deal.”

“Offering massive corporate welfare from scarce public resources to one of the wealthiest corporations in the world at a time of great need in our state is just wrong,” they wrote.