De Blasio responds to Amazon cancelation: 'Have to be tough to make it in New York City'

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) responded Thursday to Amazon canceling their planned headquarters in the city, saying that you "have to be tough to make it in New York City."

Earlier Thursday, Amazon announced it had canceled plans to build their second headquarters, dubbed "HQ2," in Long Island City, Queens.


De Blasio originally hailed Amazon's second headquarters as a great economic opportunity for the city, claiming it would attract significant investments and other tech companies.

Amazon thanked de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) in their cancellation announcement.

"We are deeply grateful to Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and their staffs, who so enthusiastically and graciously invited us to build in New York City and supported us during the process," the company wrote. 

HQ2 received significant pushback from lawmakers and activists in New York after it was announced last year.

They criticized New York City's decision to offer $3 billion in state and city incentives to lure in Amazon and expressed concerns that the company would displace poor residents and raise rents.

Amazon said it will continue with plans to build the other half of their new headquarters in Northern Virginia and will not be pursuing another location.