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Here’s how people are reacting to Amazon pulling HQ2 from NYC

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The deal is off, and reactions have been swift

Illustration by Alyssa Nassner

Amazon’s HQ2 in Long Island City is no longer: The e-commerce giant announced today that it was withdrawing its plans to bring part of its second North American headquarters to New York City, citing the fierce backlash that has been steadily growing since those plans were first announced.

“While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City,” Amazon said in a statement announcing its decision.

Reactions to the news have been swift, and come from all corners: Pro-Amazon groups like the Real Estate Board of New York, the Partnership for Long Island City, and the Association for a Better New York have decried Amazon’s decision. Groups that opposed the deal, like Make the Road NY, New York Communities for Change, and Primed Out NYC, meanwhile, have been cheering.

Here’s how elected officials (and some Democratic presidential hopefuls) are responding to the news:

(Comptroller Scott Stringer clapped back on that one)

There have been jokes:

Some people are rejoicing:

While some are concerned about what this means for NYC: