First there was a hospital, and now there isn't, really. Well, a shell of one. Roosevelt Island's Goldwater Hospital is in the process of getting razed to make way for Cornell's new tech campus on the southern half of Roosevelt Island. The enormous facility once held 2,106 beds, and was known for architecture that was intended to facilitate healing as much as formal medication did. The Roosevelt Islander blog captured a few images of the teardown, noting that Cornell's official construction updates say that no explosives or a wrecking ball will be used. A large excavator will tear down the facade together with a shearing machine, which cuts through steel beams. Photographer Charles Giraudet, who chronicled the empty hospital in thousands of photos, must be pretty bummed.
· Roosevelt Island Cornell NYC Tech Structural Demolition Of Goldwater Hospital About To Begin [Islander]
· Inside Roosevelt Island's Abandoned Hospital, Pre-Demolition [Curbed]
· All Cornell NYC Tech coverage [Curbed]