May 29, 2019

Woulda, coulda, shoulda; Why Amazon shoulda picked Brooklyn


Real Estate Weekly

Industry experts believe Amazon would have built its HQ2 in New York if it had opted for a different borough.

“Brooklyn would have had much better cheerleaders than Long Island City did,” said Ofer Cohen, founder and CEO of brokerage, TerraCRG.

“Williamsburg is the hub for millennials. If Amazon had considered downtown Brooklyn, we would have gotten it. People here are supportive of what will help the economy.”

MaryAnne Gilmartin, CEO of L&L MAG, added, “Amazon voted for Queens and while local shops, many residents and developers wanted it to happen, they lacked the needed political support. Unfortunately, I think the narrative about the benefits package the government offered was mishandled so community members didn’t develop a solid understanding and subsequent buy-in of the opportunity.”

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