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June 27, 2019

A few weeks ago, Cornell Tech held its second recognition ceremony – the actual commencement takes place in Ithaca. The ceremony marked the graduate school’s second full year on Roosevelt Island, a year that also encompassed continued campus construction, and additional connections between the residential community further north and the campus.

The University launched its popular Community Conversations program earlier this year, building on the 3D-pri...

May 31, 2019

Many Islanders and Island organizations heeded the call from Figment NYC, the two-day free participatory arts event being held here this weekend, to submit their art for consideration and will be among the 90 installations lining the Island's west promenade.

Figment celebrates creativity, and appreciates art that encourages participants to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment, perfect for our multi-talented commu...

April 16, 2019

Senator Serrano is honoring Girl Scout Troop 3001, the Tech Hoppers, tomorrow at the Tata Innovation Center on the Cornell Campus for their achievements in robotics and their first place victory in the FIRST Lego League New York City Championships, a competition that challenges kids to present innovative solutions to real-world problems, as well as creating and programming Lego-based robots. 

Next week, the troop is heading to the worldwide FIRST...

February 11, 2019

Looking for a job without a long commute? We understand; the tram work started, it's cold out; and it would be nice to red-bus it to work. Lucky for you, there are a lot of options here on Roosevelt Island.

Starbucks is hiring a for both a barista as well as a shift supervisor. The shift supervisor requires one year of retail or customer service experience. Working for Starbucks has its benefits; healthcare, education and metro cards, along w...

December 30, 2018

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation received $25 million on December 20, 2018, promised five years ago as part of a deal awarding Cornell Tech the rights to the 2.62-acre parcel of land that rings the new campus. The money had been included in this year’s $168 billion state executive budget proposed earlier this year by Governor Andrew Cuomo and then passed by the New York State legislature. According to the December 16, 2013 letter of agreemen...

October 4, 2018

Greetings Roosevelt Island! The fall marks our back to school season, and we’re so excited to begin our second full year on the Island. While I saw many of you this summer, with the energy and excitement back on the campus I look forward to reconnecting as programming ramps up with the school-year.

Community Conversations

At some of our community meetings, many of you expressed an interest in hearing more about the research and work that is ha...

September 21, 2018

Cornell Tech is launching its conversation series next Tuesday, a forum where Cornell Tech professors discuss what they’re working on and Islanders can ask them questions. For the budding bird watchers out there, this first one is for you. Cornell Tech Professor Serge Belongie is one of the people behind bird recognition app, Merlin Bird ID, a program that asks you to upload your bird pictures and then uses special computer-vision technology, als...

July 4, 2018

If you plan to watch the fireworks from the best vantage point on the East River, Roosevelt Island, here’s everything you need to know.

Getting Here:

Both tram cars are up and running today, on a weekday schedule. The F-train is running on a Saturday schedule with increased service prior to and following the Macy’s Fireworks celebration; the fireworks show runs from 9:25-9:50 pm tonight.

A great way to get here is the ferry; it will be running on a...

June 25, 2018

On the southern part of Roosevelt Island lies the gleaming Cornell Tech campus, a graduate school designed to engage our rapidly evolving global society. It opened in the fall with fanfare and a who’s who of politicians and luminaries. In the north sits rehabilitation hospital NYC Health & Hospitals/Coler, a public hospital that opened in 1952 to care for patients with long-term needs. In 2013, Coler took in some of the patients displaced by Goldwater...

May 16, 2018

The Tech Hoppers would like to express our sincere appreciation to Cornell Tech and Girl Scouts of Greater New York for their generous support of Roosevelt Island’s Girl Scout Troop 3001’s FIRST Lego League Robotics team this season.

February 8, 2018

Campus Update: Construction is set to start soon; new Café hours; Community projects; and a request for product ideas to improve seniors' lives.

January 22, 2018

Within the large storefront at 544 Main Street, hidden behind opaque curtains used more for insulation than privacy, you’ll find a starkly utilitarian workshop, with tall metal tables, industrial-looking equipment, and a bare concrete floor. On a recent Friday afternoon, it also held about 20 deeply focused high school students, bundled up in layers against the chill, oblivious to everything but their work – in many cases, the robot in front of them. 

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January 21, 2018

Every year, PS/IS 217's middle struggles to fill a single class per grade, despite being part of a thriving elementary school. But with Cornell Tech’s stated commitment to the school and steady interest in the elementary school, many wonder whether there may finally be enough momentum to enact change.  The question is, what might that change look like? And what compromises would the community – and the school – be required to make?

January 6, 2018

While IS 217 cannot offer a specialized program or many of the extracurriculars of a larger school, it does have an ace in the hole that few other schools can boast of: a relationship with the Island’s Cornell Tech graduate school.  Cornell Tech’s work with IS 217, including helping the school embed computer science into every grade, could arguably be more valuable than what is happening at the most desirable District 2 school.

December 18, 2017

Many of us spend years trying to make a lasting impact on our community, through volunteer work, activism, and other service. The graduate students in Tapan Parikh’s Remaking the City course at Cornell Tech were given a semester. 

In August, Parikh, an associate professor in information sciences, tasked his class with creating a project that could have a significant impact on Roosevelt Island within three to five years, and could bring together the Isl...

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