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Mix Reactions over Amazon Retreat on Long Island City

Feb 15, 2019 10:33 AM EST

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Amazon's decision to abandon plans to build a new campus in Long Island City, Queens, has drawn cheers from several politicians, community organizers and other locals opposed to the expansion. But it has also left some business owners and neighborhood leaders questioning why and how the deal unraveled and what will become of the area without the e-commerce giant.

At a press conference in Long Island City organized shortly after Amazon's Thursday announcement, New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who represents the neighborhood and was adamantly against the plan, said that "Amazon values are not New York values."

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