Amazon canceled its New York City HQ2 plans. Here's everything we know about how the massive deal unraveled.
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- Amazon has canceled its plans to open HQ2 in New York City, the e-commerce giant announced on Thursday.
- The decision comes after months of backlash from some New Yorkers and local politicians.
- Here is a step-by-step look at how Amazon's New York HQ2 plans fell apart.
Amazon's much-hyped and frequently criticized New York City HQ2 plans have been canceled.
On Thursday, the e-commerce giant announced that it would not be moving forward with its plans to build a headquarters in Long Island City, Queens. Read more: AMAZON CANCELS NEW YORK HQ2
"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," the company wrote in a blog post.
While there had been reports that Amazon was reconsidering building HQ2 in New York following local backlash, the announcement came as a shock to many.
Here is everything we know about how the HQ2 deal fell apart:
Amazon's current headquarters are located in Seattle, Washington, and employ more than 45,000 workers.
However, in 2017, Amazon announced it was on the hunt for a second headquarters, dubbed HQ2.
After months of deliberation and rumors, Amazon announced in November 2018 it would actually split the second headquarters between New York and Virginia.
However, while Virginians and local politicians there reacted mostly positively to the news, New Yorkers were less optimistic about HQ2.
New York politicians began speaking out against Amazon's HQ2 plans almost immediately after plans to develop the headquarters in Queens were announced.
A proposed $3 billion in tax incentives infuriated politicians and New Yorkers.
In late November, protesters stormed an Amazon Books store in Manhattan.
Amazon was slammed in the first of a series of planned hearings about Amazon's HQ2 deal in December.
In January, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson told Business Insider that HQ2 was not "a done deal."
In late January, Amazon unveiled a new set of plans to win over New Yorkers.
In early February, news broke that a noted Amazon critic had been nominated for a position in which he could veto HQ2.
On February 8, The Washington Post reported that Amazon was reconsidering its plan to open a campus in New York.
On February 14, it was official: Amazon had canceled New York's HQ2.