LandlordsNY Briefing for November 5th

The future home of Amazon’s second headquarters, HQ2, has been the subject of rigorous debate and speculation for over a year. However, it appears as though the e-commerce giant has intensified negotiations with just a handful of the cities: New York City, Dallas, and the northern Virginia city of Arlington.

Amazon is apparently looking at three specific locations in each. For Arlington, it’s the neighborhood of Crystal City, which is a sliver of land on the Virginia side of the Potomac squished between Pentagon City and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. In Dallas, it is the former site of the Dallas Morning News, which is a 7.2-acre property across the street from the Dallas Union Station light rail and Amtrak station. Finally, in New York City, Amazon has shown particular interest in Long Island City.

While these three locations are considered the frontrunners, some of the remaining places on the 20-city shortlist could still potentially become the home of HQ2. Amazon is expected to announce its decision before year’s end.

The Wall Street Journal has more.

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The “reconfigured” and consolidated Macy’s in Downtown Brooklyn will reopen this week following a three-year renovation. The revamped department store will occupy the bottom four floors of 422 Fulton Street and be comprised of 278,000 square feet. The official opening will take place on Friday, November 9 at 10 am.

Bklyner has more.

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In a Landlords New York Minute – A (Very) Brief Look Around the World

President Donald Trump has imposed sanctions on Iran, China is investing in infrastructure projects in Central and Eastern Europe, and New Caledonia has voted to remain a French territory. SoftBank has taken a courageous stand by denouncing Saudi Arabia for its murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and will continue to do business with the nation, tariffs are preventing American soybean farmers from selling their crops, Lowe’s has announced it will close 50 stores as the home improvement retailer refocuses its strategy to adapt to changing consumer preferences, the Trump administration is looking into the possibility that three of the largest internet companies (Google, Facebook, and Amazon) have violated antitrust laws, former House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal urging Congress to legalize cannabis, and the Hall of Great Americans in the Bronx has fallen into disrepair. Tomorrow’s elections will be the most secure since the dawn of the internet due to protections put in place following the 2016 election, there are already reports of voting machine errors in Texas and Georgia, and there have been at least 160 foreign hacking attempts around the country since August. There is likely to be a wave of younger voters tomorrow, at least ten major pieces of legislation could pass if Democrats retake the New York Senate, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s lead over Marc Molinaro has dropped to 13 points, New Yorkers in the city will vote on three proposals (campaign-finance rules, term limits for community board members, and the creation of a civic-engagement commission), at least one New Yorker who is not registered as either a Republican or a Democrat has been getting very annoying text messages from Republicans and Democrats in Michigan, and here is everything you need to know about where to find your polling place and what’s on tomorrow’s ballot in your area.

Skin cancer rates among men in developed nations is rising rapidly, a self-proclaimed cancer expert who promised to cure patients of the disease with massages and baking soda will face a $105 million verdict for fraud and negligence, neuroscientists aren’t sure how the brain stores phone numbers, scientists don’t know why we don’t faint when we stand up, the office of the future will evidently consist entirely of sofas, and Ross Edgley became the first man to swim the entire 1,780-mile coast of Britain after spending the last 157 days at sea. Finally, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the New York City Marathon for men yesterday, finishing the race in 2 hours 5 minutes 59 seconds, while Mary Keitany of Kenya won for men, finishing in 2 hours 22 minutes 48 seconds.

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