Some already are.
“We’ve been getting calls and outreach from Queens residents all day about this,” Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who will represent a neighboring Queens community, wrote on Twitter. “The community’s response? Outrage.”
Local politicians were promising protests.
Others, including local business and technology groups and former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, praised the deal.
“Amazon’s decision to locate to Long Island City is an affirmation not only of N.Y.C.’s growing tech talent,” Mr. Bloomberg wrote on Twitter, “but also of all the investments — in housing, schools, parks, transportation, and culture” made in Long Island City.
Indeed, as part of one tour of New York City this year, Amazon executives were taken around the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island — an innovation incubator and a legacy of Mr. Bloomberg’s tenure — and back to Long Island City using a new ferry system created by Mr. de Blasio.
But for Amazon executives, who may have anticipated some local and vocal resistance, the bigger question appeared to be whether Mr. Cuomo and Mr. de Blasio could get along.
The acrimony and mistrust between the two top New York Democrats is so well-known that before Amazon made its final push, top executives met with both leaders separately, according to a person with direct knowledge of the gatherings, to see if they were on the same page.
The Amazon officials came away from the meetings, which did not involve the chief executive, Jeff Bezos, convinced that Mr. Cuomo and Mr. de Blasio could work together on the project, the person said, something they have struggled to do on everything from public housing to mass transit to the eventual fate of a wayward deer.