The tech giant killed the plan entirely, claiming that while polls suggested 70% of New Yorkers supported the campus, a number of state and local politicians had made it clear that they would not support the plan. The announcement was cheered by opponents of the campus — most of whom had panned the billions in tax breaks the company was set to score — but slammed by many in real estate, who said a campaign to drive the company out had cost the city dearly.
“I’m pissed off,” Modern Spaces CEO Eric Benaim told Bisnowafter the news broke. "Twenty-five thousand people just lost a weekly paycheck ... New York City just sent a message that the political climate is too crazy and businesses aren’t welcome. That’s the message we just sent.”