Amazon Follows Facebook to Expand in NYC After Earlier Pullout

Andrew Cummings
December 8, 2019

The moves suggest that New York's deep pool of talented workers is still attracting tech companies even after Amazon abandoned a much larger expansion in the area following fierce public criticism of nearly $3 billion in tax breaks and subsidies promised to the company.

Tech giant Amazon is expanding in NY after agreeing to take new office space in Manhattan. The new office will accommodate more than 1,500 workers and is slated to open in 2021, according to an e-mailed statement.

Demonstrators oppose Amazon's plan to build a headquarters in New York City at a protest in November 2018.

In a subsequent tweet, the New York Democrat posted a photo of herself sitting on a couch with her feet propped up, grinning happily.

Ocasio-Cortez, who represents parts of Queens and the Bronx in congress, had argued that the move would also raise real estate prices to levels that local residents could not afford, forcing many of them to move. NY politicians clashed over the almost $3 billion in tax incentives the company would stand to gain in return, and City Council lawmakers scrutinized the deal in a series of hearings that began a year ago. When the company ultimately chose to split the HQ2 between Washington DC and New York City, it garnered criticism from those who said it continues a negative trend of pulling top talent and technology to the coasts.

Amazon told the WSJ on Friday that is is not receiving any tax breaks or financial inducements for the new office project.

'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 wrote in a tweet.

On Friday, the company announced plans to open an office with 1,500 workers in Manhattan's Hudson Yards development. The move sent shock waves through New York's real estate community, which anxious that the city was becoming inhospitable to business.

"Hudson Yards offered this and more, and we're excited to expand our offices there starting in 2020", he added.

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