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In an age when academics and scientists love to talk about breaking down departmental silos, blurring the barrier between town and gown, and cross-disciplinary synergy, an island might seem an odd place to site an applied sciences campus. But it is on Roosevelt Island‘s meager 150 acres that Cornell University is doing just that. In partnership with Israel’s Technion Institute, Cornell won a city-led competition to develop a science- and technology-focused university campus within the five boroughs.

Since breaking ground in January 2015, construction on the first phase of the campus has sped along at a surprising clip, and it is set to open to students in the fall of 2017. Last week, Open House New York invited two of the architects behind the campus’s SOM-designed master plan to lay out what’s happened thus far and what we can expect in the coming years.



Hugging a bend in the Prospect Expressway in South Slope, Brooklyn are a series of zig-zagging pocket parks, mostly hidden behind private row houses and accessed via only a few narrow entrances. They were planned during the construction of the sunken highway in the 1950s, out of condemned land that was too odd-shaped or inaccessible to remain as residential plots. (more…)

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Electric car pioneer Tesla Motors opened its newest New York City area showroom and service shop in Red Hook, Brooklyn last month. Located at 160 Van Brunt Street near the industrial waterfront, the showroom is far from subway access, other car dealers or even much else to do or see. But Tesla has never been a company to follow in others’ tire tracks. (more…)

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Since last April, Open House New York has been busy leading tours of some of New York City’s great food hubs, from the massive Hunts Point Food Distribution Center in the Bronx (where we also brought readers to last year) to the posh new all-things-French Le District food hall in Battery Park City. Dubbed The Final Mile, the series of tours and events was a peek into the vastly complex daily charade of producing, distributing and selling the food required to fill the stomachs of over 8 million New Yorkers. The program wrapped up on Thursday with a discussion between several food experts about the future of the city’s gastronomic ecosystem.


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Last week, Mayor de Blasio announced that San Francisco-based tour boat operator Hornblower Inc. won New York City’s bid to expand the existing East River Ferry service to six routes servicing 21 total landings. The expanded system will be rebranded the “Citywide Ferry Service” and will be the first truly citywide system in more than a century.



For the past three weekends, a bus departing New York City’s Chinatown for the Chinatowns of Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore was quite unlike the others – it was filled with artists and observers taking part in a sort of moving art fair. The Fung Wah Biennial, as it is known, is the brainchild of three curators as both an homage to the now-defunct Fung Wah bus service and as a tongue-in-cheek answer to high-flying international art fairs like Venice Biennale and Art Basel.