Amazon pens full-page ad to 'future neighbors' in New York

January 07, 2019 - 1:02 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Amazon is looking to win over its "future neighbors" in Long Island City with a full-page ad.

The e-commerce giant took out ads over the weekend in papers like the New York Post and New York Daily News. The ad was also posted online.

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The ad begins: “Dear New York, Happy New Year from your future neighbors at Amazon. The announcement of our new headquarters in Long Island City was the beginning of what we hope will be a long and mutually beneficial partnership between New Yorkers and Amazon.”

The ad goes on to highlights what Amazon says are promises of positive change coming to the community.

Among those positives: thousands of new and diverse jobs; career training for local residents; $27 billion in state and local tax revenues; a plan to help build a new school with donated real estate; and the expectation that its workforce will frequent local businesses in the area.

The ad closes with: “As we move forward, we pledge to be your partner, and to listen, learn, and work together. As Long Island City thrives, so will our employees, customers, and our partnership with New York.”

Amazon could get more than $2 billion in tax incentives as it splits its HQ2 headquarters between New York and Arlington, Virginia.

Many residents of Long Island City are worried about a negative impact on transit and other infrastructure, as well as increase in already-rising rents. Protests and anti-Amazon graffiti have popped up in the neighborhood since Amazon announced the headquarters in November.