Thanks to Cornell, Manhattan Is Getting Its Own Science Island

Many New Yorkers oft forget Roosevelt Island—the little strip of land sitting between Manhattan and Queens. But after accepting a bid from Cornell university, who will build a new, state-of-the-art engineering campus there, Roosevelt Island could get a whole lot more popular.

The NY Times says Cornell received a $350 million gift to build the proposed campus, and NYC will pony up another $100 million to go with the 2.1 million square feet of space. This science island will cost $2 billion to complete, will prominently feature green amenities such as solar power and geothermal wells, and will house roughly 2,000 students.

Cornell hopes the science island will become an incubator for innovation, and more importantly, valuable patents. [NY Times via Curbed]