The failed deal to build Amazon’s HQ2 in New York City continues on as businesses and residents express joy ad disappointment. Queens-based businessman Sam Musovic, and other business and apartment building owners are weighing legal options and have announced their intent to organize and sue Amazon. According to Fox News, Musovic invested over $1 million in his property based on the Amazon HQ2 deal to bring 25,000 employees to Long Island City.
“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens. For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term,” A spokesperson for Amazon said in a statement to media outlets released on Valentine’s Day.
Musovic’s frustration led to a petition to boycott Amazon. The petition is being circulated among Queens residents and business owners to gain signatures. The businessman also organized a group of protesters outside of Amazon Books on West 34th Street in Queens.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made an appearance on NBC’s political show Meet The Press to explain why city residents and businesses are disappointed in Amazon’s decision to exit New York City and build its second headquarters elsewhere.