Amazon is no longer coming to Queens. The e-commerce giant on Thursday cancelled its plans to build a new headquarter in New York City following persistent criticism from local union supporters, the New York City Council and several elected officials.Amazon in November announced plans to build two 25,000-employee campuses in Long Island City, New York and in Arlington, Virginia. Both locations were chosen from more than 200 bidders and were expected to receive $2.5 billion in investments from Amazon. Since Amazon dropped the HQ2 plan in the Big Apple, several elected officials and organizations have spoken. (You can read Amazon's full statement here.)New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio "You have to be tough to make it in New York City. We gave Amazon the opportunity to be a good neighbor and do business in the greatest city in the world. Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity. We have the best talent in the world and every day we are growing a … [Read more...] about Amazon pulls HQ2 from New York: Here are all the reactions
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Amazon said Thursday it is canceling its plans to build a new major campus in New York City. Now playing: Watch this: Amazon kills plans for NYC headquarters 4:00 It was an abrupt end to a high-profile project for the world's largest e-commerce company.Following a yearlong public search for a new second headquarters, dubbed HQ2, Amazon in November announced plans to build two 25,000-employee campuses, one in Long Island City, in New York's Queens borough, and another in Arlington, Virginia. Both locations were selected from over 200 bidders and were expected to receive $2.5 billion in investments from the e-commerce giant. Amazon also selected Nashville to host a new 5,000-person "center of excellence."But the New York City campus received quick and persistent criticism from local union supporters, the New York City Council and a number of elected officials, including state Sen. Michael Gianaris and US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who both represent parts of Queens. Amazon … [Read more...] about Amazon kills New York City headquarters plan, but keeps HQ2 in Virginia
Yesterday, the New York Times announced that it had hired Sarah Jeong, who is by all accounts an extremely talented tech reporter, as a new member of its editorial board. Today, Jim Hoft, once accurately called the “dumbest man on the internet” by Media Matters, published a collection of Jeong’s tweets which he deemed “racist filth.” The tweets were not racist; they were jokes about white people, which is a different thing that is not racism. Among Jeong’s supposed offenses: saying “white men are bullshit,” that she couldn’t enjoy Breaking Bad because the premise is just “white people being miserable,” and that “it must be so boring to be white.” The tweets seem to have first been assembled by a Twitter user named Garbage Human. Thank you, Garbage Human, for your contribution to the discourse. The worst people in America quickly took this up as their cause. Conservative news sites, ranging from Fox News to … [Read more...] about The New York Times Really Fucked This One Up
On Thursday, scooter startup Bird hosted a demonstration of its electric scooters in preparation for legislation that aim to make the company’s scooter-sharing service legal on the streets of New York City. While the scooters themselves are a joy to ride, I can’t help but worry New York will find a way to ruin the idea, like it ruins everything. As cities and states across the country seem unwilling to invest in public transit and infrastructure, they’re desperately turning to someone else—often tech companies—to figure out the problem of how people will get around. Hyperloops! Autonomous taxi cabs! Flying Ubers! The latest darling of the #mobility world is the electric scooter, but they aren’t legal in New York City. At least not yet. Bird, and some city officials want to change that, and they showed off what they have in mind. What yesterday’s demonstration proved is that electric scooters have a lot of potential in attracting a diverse group … [Read more...] about Will E-Scooters Be a Disaster For New York City?
Anti-semitic vandalism has turned New York City into “Jewtropolis” on a number of online platforms, including Snapchat, CitiBike, and StreetEasy. The problem appears to stem from the mapping software that all the platforms are using, called Mapbox. A tweet by Snapchat Support explained that, “Snap Map relies on third party mapping data which has unfortunately been subject to vandalism.” Snapchat said in the tweet that they’re working with Mapbox, the company responsible for Snapchat’s maps along with a host of others, to “get this fixed immediately.” The vandalism appears to be visible for some Snapchat users, while others can’t see it. Zooming in and out on the map seems to make it switch between New York and “Jewtropolis.” Both Snapchat and Mapbox did not immediately respond to requests for comment. There has been a noted rise in anti-semitic vandalism both online and in the real world, fueled by the rise of the … [Read more...] about Anti-Semitic Vandalism Lists New York as ‘Jewtropolis’ on Snapchat, CitiBike, and More