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Amazon may be coming back to New York City after all but in a slap at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), they wouldn’t be coming back to her district in Queens as they had originally planned.
They’re looking at possibly locating in Manhattan instead.
From Daily Wire:
According to The New York Post, Amazon is communicating with Brookfield, the owners of the One Manhattan West building and its impending partner, Two Manhattan West, starting with securing “at least 100,000 square feet or much more.” Although Two Manhattan West won’t be equipped for tenants until 2022, 67-story One Manhattan West will be ready by autumn 2020 and boasts a 250,000-square-foot space inside. The massive space is not available in perpetuity, but it can fit Amazon’s needs until Two Manhattan is ready, according to the Post’s sources.
The Post noted, “Brookfield, which owns the two Manhattan West towers (and another at 5 Manhattan West, where Amazon is already a tenant), denied through a spokesman that it was leasing to the Seattle company. But multiple sources pointed to the company’s strict confidentiality agreements as a potential reason.”
Sources told the Post that Amazon is also thinking of renting space in the U.S. Post Office building across from the Brookfield buildings.
They had originally planned on locating in Long Island City, Queens, part of Ocasio-Cortez’s district.
Queens residents were delighted with the prospect of the rumored 25,000 jobs that were mentioned, as well as the effect on local businesses. Alfredo Ortiz, president & CEO of the Job Creators Network told the Post that for every job Amazon would have created, a multiplier effect would have affected five or more other local jobs.
The Post noted, “The Long Island City deal would also have seen Amazon invest in a 600-seat public school; a workforce development and training space; an artists’ workspace; and 149,650 square feet of public open space, among other projects — all of which is now lost.”
But they decided it wasn’t worth dealing with the negative attacks from Ocasio-Cortez and other local politicians who fought their presence, attacking Jeff Bezos and claiming Amazon was about “worker exploitation.” Some exploitation giving people thousands of jobs and the area millions of dollars.
Ocasio-Cortez actually celebrated losing all the jobs and money for her district.
And she argued that the tax breaks that the company would have gotten for coming to New York could now be used for other things, seemingly not understanding that tax breaks are not fungible transferrable money.
Even New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a shot at her and her far-left cohorts, saying, “A small group politicians [sic] put their own narrow political interests above their community — which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City — the state’s economic future and the best interests of the people of this state.”