Amazon’s would-be NY neighbors: Cynicism, some hope for jobs

  • Wayne Martinez walks his dog at the Queensbridge Houses, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in New York. Asked about the possibility of Amazon locating a headquarters near the public housing complex in Long Island City, Martinez said, “Some of my co-workers think that it’s not a good thing. I think it is good if it brings jobs to the neighborhood.” (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • The Queensbridge Houses sit beneath the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, upper right, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in New York. Like most New York City housing projects, Queensbridge residents complain of poor conditions, lacking heat or hot water, or rats and roaches. The city has come under sharp criticism for the conditions of its public housing. Amazon is proposing to build a new headquarters nearby. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK — Shawn Smith has heard the promises before. When new hotels sprang up near the public housing complex in Queens where he’s lived for 17 years, residents were told they would bring jobs and economic opportunity.