How an Israeli school was a magnet for Amazon choosing New York

by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine


Cornell Tech's Roosevelt Island campus will supply the talent for the retail giant's new headquarters.


After the Wall Street crisis of 2008 hit New York hard, Mayor Mike Bloomberg was looking to diversify the Big Apple's economy by transforming it into a haven for the tech industry. One of his first initiatives was a 2010 contest to find a new college that would serve as the epicenter for this tech boom. The winner was Cornell Tech, a joint collaboration between Cornell University and Israel's Technion Institute.

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