A view of the waterfront of Long Island City in the Queens borough of New York, along the East River, on November 7, 2018. 


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A view of the waterfront of Lengthy Island Metropolis within the Queens borough of New York, alongside the East River, on November 7, 2018. 




Shawn Avazeh, a Lengthy Island Metropolis-based actual property agent with Compass, was on his personal honeymoon through the Amazon announcement. At that second, Avazeh stated he was flooded with telephone calls from purchasers who’d selected choices they’d had seen with him months prior.


“I used to be caught off guard, basically as a result of most patrons in the marketplace this yr have been making an attempt to ‘get a deal’ versus making an attempt to truly ‘make a deal’, having seen this firsthand with a few my very own listings,” Avazeh stated.


Although these patrons have been initially hesitant earlier this yr, when the housing market gave them extra leverage in negotiating, Avazeh stated he is since submitted three provides on behalf of these former purchasers, two of them being at ask and one barely over, with a couple of extra nonetheless to come back that he is presently within the means of getting ready to current.


Nonetheless, present residents of the neighborhood aren’t as enthusiastic about Amazon shifting into the neighborhood. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the recently-elected Congresswoman of a district which borders Lengthy Island Metropolis, has led the cost in opposition to Amazon taking on residency within the neighborhood.


In a current tweet she wrote, “Amazon is a billion-dollar firm. The concept it is going to obtain a whole lot of tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities want MORE funding, not much less, is extraordinarily regarding to residents right here.”


Whereas neighborhood members have referred to as on New York Metropolis to make use of Amazon’s HQ web site for different functions resembling a neighborhood heart for locals, Amazon has agreed to donate a faculty web site, along with an area devoted to artists and a startup incubator.


No matter Amazon’s impending move-in date, Avazeh is assured in LIC’s skill to flourish.


“I actually imagine we might’ve nonetheless continued to flourish with out the information of Jeff Bezos bringing his firm right here, however this positively did assist in bringing extra consideration to this one-of-a-kind, fantastic neighborhood I actually name residence,” he stated.


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