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Gut-wrenching photos show what a hellish nightmare it already is to get around Long Island City, Amazon s new HQ2 headquarters (AMZN)

Amazon is building a new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, with plans to add up to 40,000 workers to the neighborhood. While not Manhattan, Queens is crowded and transit-starved. Amazon could make that worse. We ventured to the very edge of the boroughs main arterial subway line the 7 train to see what a usual commute was like. Amazon is coming to New York City s second most populated borough. And while it s not quite as dense as Manhattan s famous grid, Queens has come a long way from its farming roots (it was the last of the five boroughs to consolidate and join New York City,) it s one of the fastest-growing areas of the City. But trains here are already packed to the brim with commuters, who are increasingly moving farther out east as rent skyrockets. I took a ride on the boroughs main artery the 7 train to see just how crowded things already are, and how Amazon s infusion of at least 25,000 (and up to 40,000) workers might affect transit around its new neighborhood. Before we hop on the 7 train , it’s important to understand its history. The IRT Flushing Line — its official name — opened in 1915, when most of the area was still farm land.

It was the first service into Long Island from Grand Central Terminal, which had been completed about 50 years earlier, and rebuilt just two years before the 7 train was open for service.

At this point, the line was known as the Queensboro Line, after both its destination and the Queensboro Plaza station just on the other side of the river, which happens to be very near Amazon’s chosen location. It s also home to one of the most famous photograph spots for the subway and NYC skyline together.

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