As apparently every New Yorker, Adrianne Santiago sought to balance Amazon's decision to abandon his plans to build a large campus in Queens and create more than 25,000 jobs.
Ms. Santiago, 33, lives in Brooklyn, politicians presented the deal as a consummate fact to New Yorkers and offered no opportunity for public submissions – a poor way to influence a city in which people disclose their views.
"They took the opportunity to really express our opinion," she said Friday. "As a New Yorker, we talk a lot – we like to say how we feel."
"Two or three times a week, young people come in and ask me if I have a job," said Ms. Kim. "I can not afford to pay for jobs." Amazon added, "would have created jobs for young people."
The day after Amazon's announcement that New York City was robbed, ] The New Yorkers had to deconstruct what went wrong.
In many ways, the deal was a litmus test about the future of their city and whether officials should offer nearly $ 3 billion in public subsidies to a promised corporate colossus to convert New York, but also earned the reputation of having local communities to treat with heavy hands.
On the other hand, supporters of the Amazon condemned critics of the agreement as left-wing agitators determined to stifle a major investment in the city's economy, generating billions in tax revenues and significantly boosting New York's profile as a major tech hub.
Beyond the deal's policy, the number of jobs that Amazon would bring, and the incentives that the company would receive, were the deal sed's soul-searching questions about the future of the city.
Would the arrival of Amazon in a rapidly developing Long Island City only favor the prevalence of gentrification and help displace the working class?
And while the arrival of Amazon would do so a huge economic boost, it was right to allow a sprawling campus in an area with limited infrastructure and crowded subways, though the company has little information about amenities for nearby residential projects and others offering low-income areas that would be its neighbors?
Ilya Usorov, 27, said he believes the deal ultimately failed because the New Yorkers could not team up enough to overcome the setbacks that were growing into Amazon. said in November, come.
Like New York was never really on board, "said Mr. Usorov, who works for a business media startup one floor above an Amazon store in SoHo. "There was a contingent that was for, then a contingent that was against it."
And while nearly all respondents said they were Amazon customers, they expressed satisfaction with how easily and quickly they can achieve anything from shampoo to space heaters. This does not necessarily mean they were ready to end the greedy expansion of the company To support company in their city.
"Somewhere we have to think about the little man," said Althea Hudson, 59, who works at the New York College of Technology in New York Brooklyn.
Ethan Worrel, 44, of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, said the city does not need Amazon to thrive.
"New York will be fine" without Amazon moving here, he added Although he orders articles on Amazon Prime for his children, he sees the company as an "oligopoly".
"There should be a more altruistic approach when these companies like Amazon join the community and earn loyalty, rather than 'punch my food ticket," said Mr. Worrel, who runs an internet design firm.
Mr. Usorov said technology companies in New York have already grown without incentives.
"Google and Apple have just expanded their offices," he said. "And they did it quietly, without leaflets. It just seems Amazon wants something more than its fair share, when everyone else still does it in an old-fashioned way. "
Ms. Hudson called the deal half baked and one that increased the congestion on the subway and increased rents.
"I do not think they really thought it through," she said the elected officials deal. "I think it was a question of money, and money does not solve all the problems."
Sam Musovic, who lives in Long Island City, helped organize a rally in front of an Amazon store to protest the company's decision to shut down the business
He said he had an influx of new residents when Amazon moved in and lent money to invest in the building and restaurant he owns in the neighborhood. "And now I stay with the bill," he complained.
Musovic said the city has done everything possible to welcome Amazon. "But if New York is not good enough for you, maybe we should not buy your products," he said of Amazon. "That's not good for your brand, and that's not good for New York City."
Even when Amazon discontinued the purchase agreement, some shopkeepers said they already felt an Amazon effect: the online retailer has terminated Mia Lin, 30, with Sunny Baby Grocery Corp., a discount retailer in Woodside, Queens, She said many of her customers would check their prices and buy the product from Amazon instead.
"In Brooklyn, Goldwyn Blanton, 31, a fitness model, said that he believed the Amazon deal was likely due to political disputes, often the cost of a business meeting in New York have been sunk. 19659002] "This type of friction probably contributed to their being pulled out," he said. "It's bad news because it created a lot of jobs, so we lose."
Like Mr. Blanton, who said he was buying "the majority of my stuff" via Amazon, Mr. Usorov said he would still order batteries and other items with Amazon in the coming days.
"I mean, you have to, right?" Said Mr. Usorov.