Mayor Addresses Rumors Of Amazon Planning To Move To Manhattan

Mayor Bill de Blasio
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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn’t seem to be over Amazon’s break-up with New York City.

While reacting to the news that the retail giant is reportedly looking to move to Manhattan’s West Side, de Blasio brought up the fact that they’d ditched plans to move here before.

“Look, if Amazon decides, as Google did and as many other tech firms have, that they’re going to expand their presence in New York City, that’s their choice,” the mayor said. “We are very jaded now after having made a full agreement – that I thought was a fair agreement – then they just away from it in the dead of night.”

The New York Post reported Tuesday that Amazon has been in talks with Brookfield, the owners of the One and Two Manhattan West skyscrapers.

The tabloid quotes sources saying Amazon had been seriously eyeing those properties and the nearby post office prior to choosing Queens last November.

Long Island City businesses and residents would have benefitted from Amazon as a neighbor, says Kathryn Wylde, CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for New York. The impact of a move to Manhattan, she says, will barely register.

Neither Brookfield nor Amazon have commented on the Post’s report.

Mayor de Blasio notes that Amazon has yet to reach out, but he will not stop them from moving to New York City.

“They haven't spoken to me. They have not reached out to me,” the mayor said. “But, if they want to do something on their own and add jobs, that's fine then.”