New Yorkers are storming one of Amazon's stores in protest of HQ2. Here are all the reasons why people are furious.
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- New Yorkers protested Amazon's HQ2 move to Long Island City on Monday, storming an Amazon Books store in Manhattan.
- Amazon's announcement earlier in November that it would open part of its second headquarters in New York City has been met with criticism from many New Yorkers.
- Here are eight reasons why New Yorkers are not excited about HQ2.
Protesters are storming one of Amazon's stores in New York City as anger and criticism regarding HQ2 spills over.
On Monday, an Amazon Books store in Manhattan was flooded with protesters railing against the decision to open part of the company's second headquarters in Queens, New York.
Amazon announced earlier this month that it would open offices with up to 25,000 jobs in Long Island City. And, while politicians have celebrated the move, many New Yorkers have responded with concern and criticism.
Armed with signs and "F--- Off Amazon!: A Black Friday Action Songbook," protesters took action to highlight their concerns on Monday. Songs and chants include "DeBlasio the Neoliberal Mayor," sung to the tune of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and "The Bezos Song," with lyrics like "Bezos, Bezos, Bezos!/Your heart is made of clay/But all our politicians/Line up to be your bae."
Here's a scene from the store, from WABC-TV's Dave Evans:
And, another video from PIX11 News' Cristian Benavides:
Why are New Yorkers up in arms about Amazon opening offices in Long Island City?
Critics have a long list of reasons. Here are eight:
Protest inside amazon on 34th. Chanting GTFO against new amazon hdqtr2 pic.twitter.com/Wo3SNy0K7U- Dave Evans (@daveevansabc7) November 26, 2018
New York City offered Amazon $1.5 billion in tax incentives.
More New Yorkers could become homeless.
Rents are set to skyrocket.
Headquarters are likely displacing plans for affordable housing.
Public transit is already bursting at the seams.
Long Island City is likely going to be flooded in the near future.
The area needs an infrastructure update that Amazon is unlikely to fund.
Local businesses could struggle.
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