It seems Amazon hearts New York as the online retailer is slated to open an administrative office in Manhattan, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.
The 359,000-square-foot office will be located at 5 Manhattan West in Hudson Yards and create 2,000 high-paying finance, sales, marketing and information technology job that will have an average annual salary of $100,000. Additionally, the company will invest $55 million to ensure the new office is energy efficient.
"We're excited to expand our presence in New York — we have always found great talent here," Paul Kotas, senior vice president of worldwide advertising, said in a statement.
“Amazon’s further expansion in New York is proof positive that our strong economic climate, diverse workforce and talent are helping to attract top-notch companies from around the world,” Cuomo added.
Via the Empire State Development’s Excelsior Jobs Program, Amazon was offered up to $20 million in performance-based tax credits.
The news comes just two weeks after Amazon announced it would open a fulfillment center in Staten Island, the company’s first in New York State.
When it opens sometime next year, the 855,000-square-foot facility will bring more than 2,250 jobs, “the biggest single job creator in our borough’s history,” Borough President James Oddo said. The employees will partner with robotics to pick, pack and ship orders.
Amazon’s Staten Island and Manhattan expansion may not be the company’s last in New York. On Tuesday, officials in the Bronx threw their borough into the ring to land Amazon’s much sought-after “HQ2.”
The retailer opened bidding on Sept. 7 for its $5 billion second North American headquarters, dubbed HQ2, which would provide 50,000 jobs to the winning city.
With criteria that includes a metropolitan local with a population of at least 1 million, mass transit, easy access to an international airport and more, the Bronx more than fits the bill, officials said in a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
The officials cited amenities such as the borough’s close proximity to LaGuardia Airport and JFK International Airport, the forthcoming Metro-North East Bronx station and more.
Amazon is accepting proposals until Oct. 19, and the HQ2 city will be chosen sometime next year.