In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, people walk by the the Google office building on Ninth Avenue in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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As New York City waits to hear whether it's been chosen as the site for Amazon's second headquarters, recent moves by another tech giant, Google, to expand its footprint in the city are helping to legitimize New York's claim to be Silicon Valley East.Google is reportedly close to a reaching a $2.4 billion deal to add a landmark Meatpacking District building to its already substantial New York campus. In addition to considering New York among the 20 finalists for its new eastern U.S. headquarters, Amazon recently signed a deal to bring 2,000 employees to a building, formerly occupied by The Associated Press, on Manhattan's far west side.Julie Samuels, executive director of TechNYC, a trade association of New York tech companies, said the presence of large companies like Google and Amazon has created "a robust ecosystem" where young engineers and others move to New York to work for the large companies and then leave after a few years to found startups.
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