Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Roosevelt Island-Cornell tech campus megaproject kicks off

From the Queens Courier:

Construction kicked off Tuesday on the $2 billion Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech campus, which many predict will be a feeder of skilled entrepreneurs for the western Queens technology community.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, were both in attendance to support the building of the applied sciences campus, which will span 12 acres on Roosevelt Island and house 2,000 graduate students and hundreds of faculty and staff. The first phase of the campus is expected to open in the summer of 2017.

“Mr. Mayor, you remember a phrase from a great American movie, ‘if you build it, they will come’? I think this epitomizes it,” de Blasio said to his predecessor. “I think Mayor Bloomberg’s efforts to create an environment for the tech sector had an extraordinary impact. This is one of the signature elements and we are proud to be building upon that tradition.”

Cornell Tech, which was selected by the city’s Economic Development Corporation over 17 other proposed schools in 2011, has been running out of Google’s Chelsea building since 2013.


Anonymous said...

There goes the ghettoization of R I.

The campus will be self contained - of no benefit to the broader community as their only contact will be on tram or subway.

Full of Asian tech drones - 12 hour days, party with boys in some Flushing joint Friday eve.

A politicians dream.

PS Destroyed a much needed well built hospital from the 30s and made useless hardship on the patients in the dispersal.

Anonymous said...

Goldwater Hospital and Nursing Facility will be missed.
It was a very needed facility and served NYC well for decades.

Anonymous said...

Will they teach math and physics? No. Just casuist make-believe computer guys who make our lives more complicated with bureaucracy. How do they pretend to improve productivity when all they do is obfuscate and complicate?

JQ said...

These Stem students are just going to wind up making smartphone video games