• The New York Times this morning has a story about Amazon’s “first major distribution center” in New York City, built on a “swampy stretch” on the northwest side of the borough of Staten Island. The facility, at 855,000 square feet the size of more than 14 football fields and with two floors and a mezzanine, actually is 20 percent smaller than the average Amazon warehouse, and is described as “a tightly packed site … stuffed with twice as many robots as human workers and able to handle 50% more inventory than traditional warehouses.”

According to the story, “The space is used as efficiently as a New York studio apartment, and for Amazon and other companies looking to duplicate the company’s determined push to deliver goods to consumers as fast as possible, that makes its anchor for the lucrative market a likely model for the future of urban e-commerce fulfillment.”

The Times notes that “developers are planning more multistory warehouses under 1 million square feet in the Bronx and Brooklyn.”