Cornell NYC Tech’s $2 billion campus might also be a shelter in the storm. After Hurricane Sandy flooded low-lying parts of the island, residents proposed the campus incorporate a shelter for the community. Crain’s New York Business reported that many of Roosevelt Island’s 14,000 residents are elderly and disabled and would have difficulty evacuating in an emergency.
Ellen Polivy, president of the Roosevelt Island Community Coalition, told Crain’s that if evacuation is not feasible, people need a safe environment, saying, “Someplace where there is water for three days, electricity, food. If there’s a storm, we want to figure out a way we can be at the Cornell campus.”
Cornell is reportedly reviewing the request and looking at ways to expand transportation options.