Amazon has canceled its plans to build HQ2 in Long Island City.
Why? From the press release:
“a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.”
That’s the sole reason.
Upon hearing the news, did these politicians representing the people of Long Island City rejoice? Did they really feel their enemies were vanquished? Do they really think the ideals they were fighting for/against will be rectified to any greater extent?
No, I think they went all in thinking the corporation would cave to (some) of their demands. They basked in the limelight of protest garnering profiles and interviews in national and international press. Then Amazon called their bluff.
In an instant all the good they did in their political lives, any legislative accomplishments, any goodwill they engendered, vanished. Worse, all the people in the neighborhood who would have benefited from HQ2, be they poor, wealthy, or somewhere in between, now get nothing.
Long Island City will forever be known as the city that let the big one get away, and there are two people overwhelmingly responsible for it. You own this Mike Gianaris and Jimmy Van Bramer, you own it.