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Amazon-real-estate-NYC L to R: 685 First Avenue, The Bryant, 100 East 53rd, and 200 East 59th Street. Logo via NYCEDC
Amazon, the world's second-largest online marketplace, is moving to the country's biggest consumer base: New York City. While much has been written about the expected skyrocketing values of Queens real estate, somewhat overlooked is the substantial effect Amazon will have on Manhattan neighborhoods with breeze-easy reverse commutes into Long Island City. With Manhattan being so close and LIC still being somewhat dull (no offense), it's likely many well-paid Amazon bigwigs would choose to live in Manhattan and work in Queens. Furthermore, Amazon choosing Queens rather than Manhattan moves the city closer to becoming a multi-nodal city, allowing our rather centralized public transportation network to function more efficiently.

According to reports, over the next decade, Amazon will employ 25,000 people near its HQ2 location in Anable Basin along the East River waterfront. Salaries will average $150,000 a pop. Last month, Larry Silverstein at an event at his co-developed One West End condo suggested that Amazon may be a new variable to counter the oversupply in Manhattan's high-end condo market. "These [Amazon] executives will want to be around the park and on the east side," said the legendary WTC developer, "That part of the East Side could be lucky with executives." With that said, we looked into Manhattan real estate one or two subway stops, a bridge, a tunnel, or ferry away from Long Island City.
Amazon-HQ2-NYC Conceptual rendering from the NYCEDC showing an Amazon buildout centering HQ2 around One Court Square

685-First-Avenue-1 685 First Avenue via Solow Building Company
685-First-Avenue-03 Rendering credit: Bloomimages for Solow
685-First-Avenue-3
The 43-story black glass tower at 685 First Avenue is a striking addition to Manhattan’s eastern skyline, and its interiors are even more impressive than the facade. Tech workers will embrace the opportunity to live in New York’s first residential building with a seamless home automation system that controls each apartment’s lighting, temperature, audio, visual, and motorized window shades. The technology comes fully integrated into open homes with floor-to-ceiling windows, chef’s kitchen, and heating system beneath the floorboards. Amenities include a 70’ lap pool, fitness center, screening room, lounge, and game room. There is also an underground parking garage, but the building is a five-minute walk from the 34th Street ferry landing that provides a quick and scenic trip to Long Island City.
685 First Avenue Has 10 Available Listings from $1.645M.
Other Midtown East/Murray Hill buildings nearby:
630-First-Avenue-1 Manhattan Place via City Connections
415-East-37th-Street-1 Horizon via Luxury Habitat
330-East-38th-Street-1 The Corinthian via Douglas Elliman

Manhattan Place
630 First Avenue


1 Beds from $820K
2 Beds from $1.25 million
3 Beds from $3 million

The Horizon
415 East 37th Street


1 Beds from $899K
2 Beds from $1.275 million
3 Beds from $1.795 million

The Corinthian
330 East 38th Street


Studios from $895K
1 Beds from $850K
2 Beds from $1.5 million
3 Beds from $2.2 million
4 Beds from $3.7 million
5 Beds from $4.2 million

626-First-Avenue-1 American Copper Buildings via Bold New York
401-East-34th-Street-1 View34 via UDR
225-East-39th-Street-1 HOUSE39 via Rose Associates

American Copper Buildings
626 First Avenue


Studios from $3,240/month
1 Beds from $4,611/month
2 Beds from $6,232/month
3 Beds from $8,960/month

View 34
401 East 34th Street


Studios from $2,925/month
1 Beds from $3,261/month
2 Beds from $5,424/month
3 Beds from $5,856/month

HOUSE39
225 East 39th Street


Studios from $3,150/month
1 Beds from $4,110/month
2 Beds from $5,050/month


The 7 subway line would not only provide easy commutes to LIC but also to Amazon's tech outpost in Manhattan West near Hudson Yards
16-West-40th-Street-1 All images of The Bryant via Corcoran
16-West-40th-Street-2 Living room
16-West-40th-Street-3 Kitchen
The Bryant is the first ground-up residential condo to rise on Bryant Park in decades, and residents enjoy beautiful park and city views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Apartments boast soaring ceilings, heated oak herringbone floors, chef's kitchens, marble baths, and bespoke millwork that cleverly conceals storage and appliances. Amenities include a lobby lounge, fitness center and sauna, and Terrace Club with a fireplace, full bar, and Bryant Park views. An additional perk is its location on the doorstep of the 7 train's Fifth Avenue stop, which can bring commuters to Court Square in under 10 minutes.
The Bryant Has 5 Available Listings from $2.5M.
Other Midtown West buildings nearby:
15-Hudson-Yards-1 Fifteen Hudson Yards via Related Companies
1050-Sixth-Avenue-1 ML House via Skyline Developers
35-Hudson-Yards-1 35 Hudson Yards via Related Companies

Fifteen Hudson Yards

2 Beds from $3.95 million
3 Beds from $6.39 million
4 Beds from $11.82 million

ML House
1050 Sixth Avenue


Listings pending

35 Hudson Yards

Listings pending


100-East-53rd-Street-1 One Hundred East Fifty Third via Evan Joseph
100-East-53rd-Street-2 Interiors via Gunner Hughes
100-East-53rd-Street-3 Bedroom
One Hundred East Fifty Third Street Has 8 Available Listings from $2.45M.
Other Midtown East/Turtle Bay buildings nearby:
Next door to the iconic Seagram Building, another architectural masterpiece has risen at One Hundred East Fifty Third Street. All apartments offer interiors by stunning city views, multiple exposures, Foster + Partners-designed custom interiors, open chef's kitchens, and supremely luxurious master suites. Amenities to rival any five-star hotel's include a wellness facility, 60' pool, sauna and steam room, library, lounges, and world-class dining by Joel Robuchon. The building is right outside the Lexington Avenue-53rd Street subway station that can take commuters to Court Square in only five minutes.
301-East-50th-Street-1 301 East 50th Street via CBSK Ironstate
138-East-50th-Street- The Centrale via Ceruzzi Properties
305-East-51st-Street-1 Halcyon via SLCE Architects

301 East 50th Street

1 Beds from $1.7 million
2 Beds from $2.995 million

Halcyon
305 East 51st Street


1 Beds from $1.65 million
2 Beds from $2.8 million
3 Beds from $5.85 million
4 Beds from $7.55 million


200-East-59th-Street-1 All images of 200 East 59th Street via Macklowe Properties
200-East-59th-Street-2 Dining area
200-East-59th-Street-3 Private balcony
432 Park Avenue was a tough act to follow, but Macklowe Properties pulled it off with a sleek, slender tower at 200 East 59th Street. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out on views of Central Park, the East River, and the Midtown skyline, but the private wraparound terraces are the best place to enjoy them. Apartments also feature soaring ceilings, open custom kitchen, and expansive master suites with amazing closet space and marble baths. The location offers Long Island City commuters the choice of a quick drive across the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge or a one-stop subway trip to Queensboro Plaza.
200 East 59th Street Has 10 Available Listings from $1.875M.
Other Midtown East/Upper East Side buildings nearby:
252-East-57th-Street-1 252 East 57th Street via Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
520-Park-Avenue-1 520 Park Avenue via Zeckendorf Properties
151-East-58th-Street-1 One Beacon Court via Corcoran

252 East 57th Street

2 Beds from $4.99 million
6 Beds from $29.75 million

520 Park Avenue

4 Beds from $20.5 million

One Beacon Court
151 East 58th Street


3 Beds from $26 million
4 Beds from $24.9 million


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