Thanks to Cornell, Manhattan Is Getting Its Own Science Island

By Adrian Covert on at

Many New Yorkers often forget Roosevelt Island — the little strip of land sitting between Manhattan and Queens. But after accepting a bid from Cornell university, who will build a new, state-of-the-art engineering campus there, Roosevelt Island could get a whole lot more popular.

The NY Times says Cornell received a £225 million gift to build the proposed campus, and NYC will pony up another £65 million to go with the 195,000 metres squared of space. This science island will cost £1.3 billion to complete, will prominently feature green amenities such as solar power and geothermal wells, and will house roughly 2,000 students.

Cornell hopes the science island will become an incubator for innovation, and more importantly, valuable patents. [NY Times via Curbed]