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Hotel to rise in heart of Cornell Tech campus

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John Carberry
Graduate Roosevelt Island Hotel
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Rendering of the Graduate Roosevelt Island Hotel, center, on the Cornell Tech campus in New York City.

The university announced plans March 14 to build a hotel on the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island. The Graduate Roosevelt Island Hotel, scheduled to open in 2019, will have 196 rooms and panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline.

“Cornell is thrilled to partner with AJ Capital Partners for a hotel on our Roosevelt Island campus,” said Dan Huttenlocher, Cornell vice provost and dean of Cornell Tech. “The Graduate Roosevelt Island hotel will reflect the unique history of the island and, along with the Verizon Executive Education Center, it will create a place where the entire tech community can convene in New York City, expanding the impact our campus will have on technology beyond its degree programs.”

The hotel will include a full-service restaurant, rooftop bar with expansive views of Manhattan, and 5,200 square feet of flexible meeting and event facilities for hotel guests and the Roosevelt Island community.

Opening September 2017, the first phase of Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island campus will include three buildings: The Bloomberg Center, the campus’s first academic building; The Bridge, a building for innovative companies to locate on campus; and The House, a residential building for students, faculty and staff that aims to become the world’s first high-rise residential building constructed to “passive house” energy-efficiency standards.

When fully completed, the campus will span 12 acres on Roosevelt Island and house approximately 2,000 students and hundreds of faculty and staff.

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