Amazon Cancels Plans for New York City Headquarters

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The political pair, often at odds, bonded over their seeming victory last fall after Amazon said it had selected NY and suburban Washington, D.C. over 232 other cities offering rich tax breaks to the company.

The big question then is whether Amazon's decision to pull out of NY will be seen as evidence of the fact that state politicians need to stop drawing up such deals and to force corporations to work at a local level, or, conversely, the complete opposite and add weight to the suggestion that without drawing up sweetheart deals and giving them political backing, America's corporations will simply go elsewhere and take their jobs and investment with them.

"We literally just threw the baby out with the bath water..."

In recent weeks, City Council members held hearings at which they grilled Amazon officials about such things as the company's contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to provide facial recognition technology.

"Like a petulant child, Amazon insists on getting its way or takes its ball and leaves". "New Jersey is open for business, and now more than ever, Newark is the clear choice as the next presence for Amazon corporate offices".

Amazon had planned to have 700 employees in NY as part of the HQ2 project by the end of the year and did not plan to hit 25,000 in Queens for 10 years.

"Today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers and their neighbors defeated Amazon's corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world", she tweeted.

Amazon was wise to pull out now and regroup rather than fighting politicians and residents that didn't want them around. "But now, we won't have a chance to do that and we are out 25K+ new jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments".

"As bad as the problems of growth are, the problems of decline are even worse".

Reports first surfaced last week that the online retail giant was potentially backing out of its planned NY venture.

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Andrew Ousley, a business owner who lives near the proposed site, said he had been considering moving out before Amazon moved in. In the five weeks that followed the news, almost 20% of listed homes for sale in Long Island City raised their prices, according to data from real estate site StreetEasy.

"After much thought and deliberation, we've decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens", Amazon spokeswoman Jodi Seth said in a statement.

Months of tireless organizing, campaigning, and mobilization by ordinary New Yorkers was credited with Amazon's decision on Thursday to cancel its widely condemned plan to locate a second headquarters site in Long Island City, New York. Initially among the politicians who supported bringing an Amazon headquarters to the city, Gianaris did an about-face after the deal was announced, criticizing the secrecy surrounding the negotiations and the generous incentives.

While New York's politicians, longtime residents and real estate investors digest Amazon's stunning reversal, officials in other states may see opportunity knocking.

Well, not quite. "We love NY, its incomparable dynamism, people, and culture", the company said in a statement.

Privately, Amazon executives pondered whether NY was a good choice from the early days of the deal, a person familiar with the deliberations had told NPR.

Writing on Twitter, the freshman congresswoman said that the grassroots campaign to kick Amazon out of Queens had demonstrated that "anything is possible".

With New York out of the picture, other cities may look to swoop in in an effort to persuade Amazon to bring those 25,000 jobs to its state.

Greenberg said he had been open to Amazon's arrival if it had led to improvements in infrastructure, but that "unanswered questions" continued to mount as time went on.