Less than a year after Amazon.com Inc. walked away from a planned headquarters in NY, the e-commerce giant has announced a significant expansion in midtown Manhattan.
Amazon has reportedly leased office space in Manhattan less then a year after backlash over an incentives deal caused it to ditch high-profile plans for a campus in the NY borough of Queens.
It might not be a second headquarters, but Amazon is far from done taking up office space in New York City.
The office will open in 2021 and accommodate more than 1,500 employees, the company said.
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In a subsequent tweet, the New York Democrat posted a photo of herself sitting on a couch with her feet propped up, grinning happily. Critics in NY also anxious the headquarters, planned to be built in a working class area of Queens, would raise rents in the area and push locals into homelessness.
"Won't you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway - *without* requiring the public to finance shady deals, helipad handouts for Jeff Bezos, & corporate giveaways", Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Friday, name-checking Amazon CEO Bezos, one of the world's richest people. Ocasio-Cortez opposed the idea due to the agreement's "tax breaks and financial incentives" and celebrated Amazon's decision to ditch the plan as a victory over "corporate greed". "Maybe the Trump admin should focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families".
Amazon said in a statement that it "plan [s] to continue to hire and grow organically across our 18 Tech Hubs, including New York City", and that the new office will host its consumer and advertising teams.
Facing backlash from Ocasio-Cortez and other New York Democrats over $3 billion in tax incentives to open an office employing 25,000, Amazon abruptly cancelled the HQ2 plan in February.