A MetroFocus Special: Tech Campus NYC

| December 22, 2011 12:22 PM video
Image courtesy of Cornell University.
MetroFocus Special: Tech Campus NYC
When: Dec. 22 at 11 p.m., Dec. 24 at 7:30 a.m. on THIRTEEN; Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. on WLIW

Will New York City’s new tech campus leave Silicon Valley and Boston’s tech corridor in the dust?

Five months after Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a competition to build a revolutionary applied sciences and engineering campus, Cornell University and its partner, Israel’s Technion Institute of Technology, have won the prize. By 2018, they expect to have enrolled 3,300 graduate students in a glistening building on Roosevelt Island. Classes at an offsite location are already scheduled to begin in 2012.

MetroFocus looked at the story behind the winning bid in a new video special hosted by Rafael Pi Roman, with a contribution from Jane Pauley. Their interviews offer commentary on this project’s enormous local significance, with guests including Cornell University President David Skorton, The Technion Institute President Peretz Lavie, New York Academy of Sciences Director of Innovation Karin Ezbiansky Pavese and New York City Economic Development Corporation’s newly appointed and first Entrepreneur at Large, Steve Rosenbaum.


Host Rafael Pi Roman talks to some of the key players behind the tech campus about what the new university will mean for New York City. This special includes Jane Pauley’s interview with the city’s first-ever Entrepreneur At Large, Steve Rosenbaum.

  • stan chaz

    So what happens to Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt EIsland , which served the poor and indigent for many years. Is this yet another move by Bloomberg to serve his 1% friends, at ehe expense of the great majority of the city, which he ignores? How about some low cost housing instead , Mayor? Or a continuation of a city of the very poor and the very rich, run by the very rich, for the very rich, at the expense of the very poor.

    • Andre

      Stan – Bloomberg has actually done more for affordable housing than has been done in decades in the city. As for Goldwater Hospital – it’s my understanding those operations are moving to the abandoned North Central Hospital in Harlem. As someone who grew up “in the ghetto”… I think gentrification is great – because poor people actually get access to things in their neighborhood that they didn’t before. When the poor are bungled together – it only leads to more acute problems. I lived it – so I don’t need a sociology study to tell me. The bible is clear – the “poor will be with you always”. What children in the ghetto need is not “hand outs” – but something to aspire to (other than sports and entertainment). If you read the press release – the new campus is going to partner with city schools to educate students in science.

  • C

    Low cost housing is not a hand out . It
    means affordable homes not free homes or free rent. I doubt he meant public housing/ projects.

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