Amazon HQ2

More than 90 community groups write counter letter to Bezos against HQ2 in Queens

After business leaders, union heads and some politicians penned an open letter to Jeff Bezos asking him to reconsider canceling the Amazon HQ2 in Queens plan, community groups and activists have countered with their own letter that they say more accurately represents resident concerns about the...

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 12:56pm

Open letter in the NYT asks Bezos to reconsider scrapping Queens HQ2

Business leaders, community figures and politicians penned an open letter to Jeff Bezos asking him to reconsider scrapping the Amazon HQ2 in Queens deal. A full-page open letter appeared in Friday’s New York Times to Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, following the recent news from mid-February...

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 12:22pm

Siena College poll: English-speaking NY voters support Amazon deal

A poll of 778 registered voters across New York state conducted by Siena College Research Institute found majority support for Governor Andrew Cuomo's hotly debated deal with Amazon to provide as much as $3 billion in tax breaks to the trillion-dollar company to build its second...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 3:25pm

Amazon reconsidering HQ2 in Queens amid backlash: Report

The Amazon HQ2 in Queens deal may be off as the tech giant reconsiders coming to New York City amid a less-than-warm welcome from residents and politicians.  Ever since Amazon announced it would set up its second headquarters in Long Island City, it’s faced backlash from protestors and...

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 12:19pm

At second City Council Amazon HQ2 hearing, company says no to union neutrality

A refusal by Amazon executives to say that they would remain neutral when it comes to unions sparked concerns among elected officials at the second New York City Council oversight hearing on Amazon HQ2 in Queens. Council Speaker Corey Johnson asked Brian Huseman, vice president of public policy at...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:43am

Teamsters join Anti-Amazon HQ2 effort, demand better treatment of NY workers

When Amazon announced it would build its second headquarters in Long Island City, activists immediately spoke out against the deal. Now, the New York City Teamsters union has joined an effort to oppose Amazon HQ2 in Queens. Teamsters joined a coalition created by the Retail, Wholesale and...

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 5:09pm

Long Island City, Astoria, and Sunnyside should expect another Amazon HQ2 mailer

Amazon is expecteded to send out another round of HQ2 mailers to Queens residents living in Long Island City, Astoria, and Sunnyside asking their future neighbors to speak in their defense to their state representatives--or one in particular. "Call State Senator Mike Gianaris," the...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 5:34pm

Seattle lawmakers warn how Amazon HQ2 will impact NYC

Seattle lawmakers painted a grim picture on Monday of how Amazon has morphed their city, warning New York officials to do more to protect New Yorkers from Amazon HQ2 in Queens and the possible “Seattle-ization” effect of the tech giant. “In 2012, right when Amazon consolidated [...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 3:23pm

Google planning $1B expansion in Hudson Square, is NYC ready?

Less than a month after Amazon announced it would establish part of its HQ2 in Queens, Google announced on Monday that it’s expanding in New York City, painting a picture of a tech future for the five boroughs. But is the city ready to handle two tech giants? Google will create a more-than 1...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 4:52pm

NYC council members express frustrations at first Amazon hearing on HQ2 in Queens

New York City council members expressed their frustrations at the first Amazon hearing on Wednesday over the behind-doors process for HQ2 in Queens, the non-disclosure agreements officials signed and the company’s failure to directly address many of their concerns on housing, jobs and...

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 3:58pm

Amazon protest planned ahead of first City Council hearing on HQ2 in Queens

Activists will take to the streets Wednesday morning for another Amazon protest ahead of the New York City Council’s first of three hearings on Amazon HQ2 in Queens. Called the “Rally to stop the Amazon #HQ2Scam,” the protest is organized by NYC Democratic Socialists of America...

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 2:27pm

Queens borough pres calls on Amazon to pay for Brooklyn-Queens Connector

Since Amazon announced that its HQ2 was coming to Queens, New Yorkers have wondered how the fraught NYC subway system and other infrastructure throughout the city will be able to handle the influx of workers. Now, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has an idea. Katz on Monday called for Amazon...

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 3:37pm

NYC Students plan 'Keep CUNY Out of Amazon' protest

Brooklyn college students plan to protest Amazon HQ2 in Queens on Monday ahead of a CUNY Board of Trustees public hearing at LaGuardia Community College. Students with the City University of New York (CUNY) and the State University of New York (SUNY) are circulating a petition criticizing how city...

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 1:04pm

City Council to host three hearings about Amazon HQ2 in Queens

The New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson still has a lot of questions about what exactly will happen when Amazon HQ2 comes to Queens, and in a search for answers, the Council will host three hearings about the closed-door deal that lured the tech giant here. At the New York City Council...

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 12:33pm

Black Friday surprise: Amazon data breach exposes customer email addresses

It was not the Black Friday event Amazon customers were expecting. Two days before the biggest shopping day of the year, Amazon suffered a major data breach: The names and email addresses of hundreds of customers were accidentally published on the site. Spokespeople for the online retail giant...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 10:25pm

Half the jobs at Amazon's new Long Island City HQ won't be in tech

Only half the jobs at Amazon's new headquarters in Long Island City and Washington, D.C., will be tech jobs, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. New York City officials made the announcement at a presentation for the Queens community board Tuesday night: Of the reported 25,000 jobs...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 5:24pm

Amazon officially announces two new headquarters in New York and Virginia

Amazon has officially announced the two new locations they have selected for their split headquarters; Long Island City, New York and Crystal City, Virginia. The two locations chosen were among 18 cities on the finalist list that included locations such as Los Angeles and Chicago. That list was...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 5:47pm

It's OK that Amazon HQ2 won't be in Boston, experts say

The search for an Amazon HQ2 location is finally over, and though Boston was on the list of finalists, it didn’t win big. To some, though, that’s a good thing. “I feel just fine that we didn't get it,” said James Stockard, a Harvard lecturer on urban planning and an...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 1:21pm

Local politicians grow concerned as Amazon HQ2 eyes Queens' Waterfront Plaxall property

Amazon HQ2 could be setting up shop on the Anabel Basin waterfront in Long Island City, according to several sources who spoke to Politico. The E-commerce company is said to be looking to establish two headquarters with one rumored in Crystal City, Virginia and a second in New York. Both locations...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 3:25pm