Amazon did not respond to a request for comment from Deadline tonight, and the Journal said the company declined to comment for its story.
NPR has previously reported, Amazon is expected to explain its decision to split HQ2 by citing the challenges of finding a single place that could deliver or attract the 50,000 highly skilled technical workers on Amazon's short timeline of 10 to 15 years.
Amazon announced its search for a second headquarters in September 2017.
Amazon is dividing the second headquarters evenly between New York's Long Island City and the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, the Journal said. Both locations are situated near major metropolitan areas in their respective states.
The company said it would invest more than $5 billion over nearly two decades in a second headquarters, hiring as many as 50,000 full-time employees that would earn more than $100,000 a year on average.
The Circle City was among the 20 final cities that were being considered by the Seattle-based company.
The fast influx of 25,000 highly paid techies would still be notable for the specific areas of Long Island City and Crystal City, for which Amazon would become the highest-profile, fast-growing employer.
Still, landing HQ2 would represent "incredible validation of just how far NY has come", says Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Center for an Urban Future think tank.
A look at two communities said to be at the top of Amazon's list.
Some critics had pushed for more transparency from cities and states in the bidding process, warning that the benefits of hosting a massive Amazon office may not offset the tax-payer funded incentives and other costs. And by halving the size, Amazon would help ease potential issues with housing, transit and other areas where adding tens of thousands of workers could cause problems.
But Long Island City has also been straining to handle its growth. Yet, Amazon's move would bring these well-paying jobs to areas where six-figure salaries are not unusual. Toronto was the only finalist outside the U.S.