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Where’s The Plan Jimmy V & Mikey G?*


A wing and a prayer

“To destroy is easier than to create, and that is why so many people are ready to demonstrate against what they reject. But what would they say if one asked them what they wanted instead?”

Ivan Klima – Love and Garbage

A little over a year ago I gave my opinion on the Amazon HQ2 deal struck by the Mayor and Governor. My conclusion was that while the two leaders were not very good poker-players and could have offered less, the overall deal as struck was worth taking a chance on.1 I even-handedly acknowledged that not everyone in LIC would be a winner from the deal, and some of the biggest winners would be those already well-entrenched (and well-heeled). Most importantly, the physical presence of Amazon being located in LIC would be transformational for us and the rest of Western Queens. Heretofore a backwater of NYC, hence the cradle of growth.

Alas those that were the major naysayers of the deal were also not very good poker players, and when Amazon called their bluff they got caught with their pants down and had to quickly assemble a rationale as to why the deal’s defeat was positive for Long Island City. Missing in their revisionist press-releases were any concrete proposals for replacing the jobs and infrastructure that Amazon would have brought here. A year later we’re still waiting…

*AOC ain’t part of LIC, you own it

Reject AOC’s Amazon I-Told-You-So“In Long Island City, Amazon would have created 25,000 to 40,000 jobs and included an Amazon-sponsored employment center and workforce development program focused on technology training and local recruitment, including for those living in the Queensbridge public housing project. Amazon’s Hudson Yards office will house just 1,500 employees and include no local engagement.”

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  1. No matter what either side says, like any investment you don’t know until later if it will be a good one.

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