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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

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

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

New Yorkers plan Cyber Monday Amazon protests to say no to tech giant in LIC

Not everyone in New York City celebrated the news that Amazon was coming to Queens and getting a plethora of benefits from the city to set up shop here. Now, New Yorkers are planning an Amazon protest on Cyber Monday. Thousands of people are expected to gather at Court Square Park in Long Island...

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 10:31am

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's moving to Long Island City: here's what we know so far

Following Amazon’s official announcement on Tuesday that they plan to build one of two headquarters in Long Island City, New York, politicians and residents are wondering what that look like and how it will affect the area. Here is what we know so far: Amazon plans to establish a...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:48pm