Manhattan has something very interesting to look forward to in the next few years. Roosevelt Island will be receiving a state-of-the-art engineering campus extension of Cornell University. Nowadays, it is becoming near impossible to forget this tiny strip of an island named after one of two of the most awesome U.S. Presidents in history that lies between Manhattan and Queens (F.Y.I., it’s named after Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a.k.a., “American Ironsides,” a.k.a. “Mr. New Deal” a.k.a “Senor Got-Us-Out-Of-The-Great Depression,” a.k.a “Our Fearless WW2 Leader).
Anyway, back to the topic. The campus, nicknamed “Cornell NYC TECH,” is set to be open in 2017 to house almost 2,000 students, and the New York Times says Cornell received a $350 million gift in late-2011 to build the proposed campus (with help from architectural firm S.O.M.). The City of New York will put up an extra $100 million toward the 2.1 million square feet of space. This project, dubbed the “science island,” will total up to cost about $2 billion to complete, and the campus intends on implementing green and sustainable amenities like solar power and geothermal wells, and act as an incubator for start-ups (who can innovate and patent valuable technology…under Cornell’s umbrella).