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February 8, 2018

Happy New Year, Roosevelt Island! Our spring semester just started, and I’m excited to share some updates with you about the campus.


Executive Education Center & Hotel


Last week, we were happy to welcome our Community and Construction Task Force to the campus for the first time. As we discussed in the meeting, excavation and foundation work is in progress for the Verizon Executive Education Center and work for the Graduate Roosevelt Island hotel will begin in the coming weeks. A site safety fence has been installed around the construction site. Concrete barriers have also been installed along North Loop Road to separate the staging of construction trucks from the public vehicular lanes and pedestrian walkways. Signs are displayed to inform pedestrians and vehicles of the construction, including the changes in flow of traffic. All loop roads remain open to vehicles including RIOC and MTA buses. All three bus stops along the construction site will remain open.


Café Menu Revamp


We are excited to reveal new menu options available from Starr Catering in the café at the Bloomberg Center. Some of the additions to the menu include: smoothies, fresh juices, bubble tea, poke bowls, breakfast specials, soups, and a salad bar. If you have some time and want a quick bite to eat, I highly recommend the Tech Grand Slam breakfast special, which includes three pancakes, two eggs, two strips of bacon, and a small cup of coffee – all for $10! Starr has also updated the prices on the menu to be tax inclusive.


Due to the winter weather and decreased activity late in the evening, we have altered the hours of operation for the café during the week to 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours are 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Once activity picks up again and things warm up, we will extend the hours of operation and Starr will advise the community. 


Campus Sustainability Program


Sustainability is a critical priority for Cornell Tech. Our campus is among the most environmentally friendly and energy-efficient campuses in the world. Now that we have gotten settled in our new home on Roosevelt Island, we are continuing to explore methods to make our campus as environmentally friendly as possible. As a campus, we are proud that recycling has grown every month since we moved to Roosevelt Island. We are currently exploring options for introducing a composting program across the entire campus to decrease the amount of food waste we produce. We will continue to explore and implement additional options to reduce our campus waste as we continue to expand.


Classes and the Community


As some of you know, Cornell Tech professor Tapan Parikh taught a course last semester called “Remaking the City” that involved Roosevelt Island organizations. Master’s students at Cornell Tech were paired with Island community organizations to understand and address their technology needs, and to collectively design solutions to important challenges facing them. In the design project, Professor Parikh challenged the class with creating a project that could have a significant impact on Roosevelt Island within three to five years. The class was a great success and some wonderful ideas came out of it! An expanded version of this course will be offered again in the fall.


3D Printed Product For Seniors


Roosevelt Island seniors: Do you wish there were a product that would make an everyday task easier? If so, we are taking submissions for a product challenge to be made in the MakerLAB @ Cornell Tech! This spring, in a collaborative workshop, students from Cornell Tech and Weill Cornell Medicine will work together to design a prototype using 3D printers to solve challenges raised by Roosevelt Island seniors (You!). To submit a challenge, please reach out to me at or call me at 646-220-1505. The deadline to submit is February 18.


For more information on Cornell Tech, please visit, and feel free to get in touch with any questions!



Jane Swanson

Community Liaison, Cornell Tech



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