Wednesday June 19, 2019

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Roosevelt Island Community Welcomes ‘Silicon City’

The 14,000 residents of Roosevelt Island are preparing for itslargest development ever — The Cornell University applied science campus.  According to Metro Focus, CornellNYCTech is one of mayor Bloomberg‘s initiatives focusing on job creation in the tech sector, and the island  is the benefactor of this particular venture, which will house 3,300 students and 70 full-time faculty members.

Multiple organizations within the community are already eager to work with he ‘Silicon City.’  Jonathan Kalkin, former board member on the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, now head of Silicon City, said to Metro Focus that, “They [Cornell] want to work with the community, and we want to be the mechanism for that.”  The city has proposed the East River Ferry service for the island to handle the influx of people.

The tech campus will be located at the south end of Roosevelt Island, which the community is vying for control over as the entire island is state land.  Kalkin said, “We don’t want the campus to be an oasis, we want it to be a part of Roosevelt Island.  We’d love for people from the tech community to interact with our community.”

Metro Focus