New tech campus opens on Roosevelt Island

A sight to behold

A sight to behold

This fall, 30 faculty members and almost 300 graduate students are moving from Google's New York City building - where it was based since 2012 - to the first phase of Cornell Tech's campus. "In many ways, this campus helps bring New York City back to the future".

"This really is an awesome milestone for both universities and for the Roosevelt Island community and for the whole city", Bloomberg said at the ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday morning.

Cornell Tech awards graduate degrees in fields including engineering and computer science.

It's expected to eventually grow to 2,000 students. The former mayor's charity Bloomberg Philanthropies pitched in $100 million. Faculty members share an open-plan work space with researchers and others. If they want privacy for a meeting they can fix to a huddle room.

"It's a real shock to the system for those of us who come from academia", Pollack said.

A building called the Bridge is owned by developer Forest City Ratner and will house university programs and commercial tenants.

The school said the program has already has created 30 new startup companies.

In this Wednesday Aug. 16, 2017, photo, former mayor Michael Bloomberg visits the Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech, a new graduate school collaboration between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology on Roosevelt Island in NY.

It began with a competition in 2011, backed by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The Technion's president, Peretz Lavie, said he was flattered when Bloomberg invited him to enter the competition for a NY campus but he knew that the Technion would need an American partner.

"It's a match made in heaven for many reasons", he said in a telephone interview. "Building a state-of-the-art campus will take years-and attracting a critical mass of technology entrepreneurs may take even longer".

This Wednesday Aug. 16, 2017, photo shows Cornell Tech's main academic building called the Bloomberg Center on the campus of a new graduate school collaboration between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology on Roosevelt Island in NY. Three buildings opened this month as part of the first phase.

"The goal of an elected official is to make change for the people they serve", he said.

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