Roosevelt Island’s Open Space is Open For Business!

59th Street Bridge workin’ that “I am Legend” vibe…a view from the new Cornell Tech open space.

Before we jump back into our analysis of New York real estate, let’s talk about Roosevelt Island and Cornell University’s new open space! Roosevelt Island has gone through its fair share of changes over the course of history. Designed by The High Line’s architect James Corner, “the open space“, a large expanse of wilderness just south of the Cornell campus, is the island’s latest remarkable transformation. Let’s check it out!

Sweeping views of luxury condos juxtaposed in the serene.

Looking west: 432 Park Ave, the tallest roof top in NYC, for now.

The east river appears.

Our first stop on our bike trip was at the seemingly unnamed “the open space” just south of the campus. There aren’t any explicit signs discouraging bike riding, but there was a sign warning the space was to be used at “own risk”! I suppose limiting bikes would also limit the assumption of risk. And watch out for goose poop, and a lot of it.

The Plaza adds a nice touch.

LIC behind the restored

The above shots are like the bread to “the open space” sandwich. The Plaza shot is from the far north end of the open space, and helps forgive whatever architectural criticism there are of the campus tower (we’re looking at you, garage door scourge!). The Southpoint Park shot focuses both on the restored Strecker Memorial Laboratory, and of course LIC in the distance. The views are remarkable from the vantage points, but again, watch out for goose poop.

Southpoint looking north at the 59th Street Bridge and midtown.

Looking back at the campus.

The above shots were taken from Southpoint Park after our trek through the open space. This space is an excellent addition to the New York City’s parks, and we definitely recommend the trip. The closest subway is the F train. We’re curious to see just how natural the space remains. Will Cornell allow unfettered growth, or apply some landscaping? We’ll reach out to James Corner’s firm and find out. Remember, only five short years ago, dozens of dilapidated assisted living facility structures populated this space. We look forward to seeing what it becomes.

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