CM Van Bramer Joins Government Leaders to Announce JetBlue’s Relocation to Long Island City

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer joined Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Governor David A. Paterson and JetBlue Chief Executive Officer & President Dave Barger at an announcement yesterday that JetBlue Airways will consolidate its headquarters operations in Long Island City. Following a nearly year-long competitive review process among cities nationwide, JetBlue chose Long Island City as the location to build a consolidated headquarters. The company will move the 880 corporate jobs currently in Forest Hills and another 70 corporate jobs located in Connecticut to a single location in Long Island City, Queens by 2012, and may grow by another 130 jobs over the next five years.

“JetBlue's decision to move its headquarters to Long Island City will bring over 900 jobs to our community and cement Long Island City as a growing business center of this city,” said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. “This is the start of a great partnership between Long Island City and JetBlue.”

“I am thrilled that such a successful and groundbreaking company has decided to keep its home here in New York City,” said City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “With its decision to stay here, Jet Blue will not only retain the hundreds of jobs it has created, but will create more. And effectively, this great company will continue to do what it has done for more than 10 years – add to the growth and vibrancy of our City’s economy.” 

“I am pleased to welcome JetBlue to the Long Island City community,” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan. "This company will help to contribute to the great community in Western Queens. We look forward to building a wonderful partnership with JetBlue.”

JetBlue will occupy up to 200,000 square feet at the historic Brewster Building in Long Island City, Queens, furthering the economic revitalization already underway in the area, which includes the City’s largest affordable housing project in decades at Hunter’s Point South, which will create up to 5,000 new housing units, 60 percent of which will be affordable to middle-income New Yorkers. A significant investment in Long Island City’s transit hub is also underway, which includes an overhaul of the roadway circulation and alignment of Queens Plaza to make it safer for pedestrians and bikers, as well as streetscape enhancements along Jackson Avenue and the creation of a signature 1.5-acre park.