New York’s Roosevelt Island: Parsing the tech campus (Crain’s NY Business)

January 6, 2013 – As the former site of a city jail, a lunatic asylum, a poorhouse and a hospital for smallpox victims, Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island has a checkered past. Now plans to build a $2.1 billion, 2.1 million-square-foot school on a 19-acre site near the island’s southern end are promising to give the place an entirely new cutting-edge image. Though the project enjoys the enthusiastic backing of the Bloomberg administration, many of those who live on the two-mile sliver of land between Manhattan and Queens have their reservations. Advocates for the poor and disabled are concerned about the fate of hundreds of patients at city-run Coler-Goldwater Hospital. According to the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp., the Goldwater facility will be razed to make way for Cornell NYC Tech.

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