Long Island City Doesn't Need Amazon

I happened to be strolling through Long Island City, Queens today, and one thought kept going through my mind — the amount of construction going on is astonishing. Highrise apartments, coffee shops, local stores, and... more local stores.

What hit me then is that Amazon is exactly what Long Island City doesn’t want to be — another corporate park. Long Island City isn’t Midtown or MetroTech. It’s a “residential city,” so to speak. With connections to inexpensive ferries and subways directly into those large corporate districts, what is so wrong about wanting to have a city life but still feel connected to a residential district?

Long Island City doesn’t need Amazon — or its billions-of-dollar tax breaks.