The Empire State Building in New York City has been bathed in light to celebrate everything from the Fourth of July to another Yankees championship. On Tuesday the iconic landmark was bathed in orange light to celebrate New York’s victory in the Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes.
It didn’t go so well on Twitter.
— Empire State Bldg (@EmpireStateBldg) November 13, 2018
While New York’s Long Island City and Virginia’s (new) National Landing neighborhoods beat out the rest of North America by landing a share of the tech giant’s long-awaited prize, the shine was wearing off in the Big Apple long before darkness fell on the Empire State Building.
Rumblings about how much New York gave up in incentives to lure Amazon were echoing across social media and politicians from Congress to the State Legislature to the borough of Queens were threatening to wreck the party.
In the replies to the tweet showing off the glowing skyscraper, New Yorkers angry over the green being spent on Amazon instead of the city’s failing subway system, for instance, were left seeing red more than a delightful “orange sparkle.”
Read the room 🙄
— a ship (@Dangbattleship) November 13, 2018
FIX THE SUBWAYS INSTEAD
— ella dawson (@brosandprose) November 13, 2018
Turn it back to blue and gold in solidarity with California. That was a better idea.
— (((John Newton))) (@JohnCNewton) November 13, 2018
The announcement of an infinitely more expensive cost of living for Long Island City
— a bloo (@vlime286) November 13, 2018
This was probably an easier move than trying to figure out what color could possibly symbolize ruining New York
— Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse) November 13, 2018
BREAKING: Building Licks Boot
— tom schwartz’s transition lenses (@rachelmillman) November 13, 2018
You're celebrating a billionaire getting $2 billion in subsidies the company is getting to set up. Corporate welfare queens drawing billions while NYC has a homelessness crisis as winter comes!!!!
— Alexandra Whitney (@iskandrah) November 13, 2018
Remember when Bloomberg wanted the Olympics, and we were all so grateful when we didn’t get them?
This is the opposite of that.
— Bret Hyde (@BretHyde) November 13, 2018