NEW YORK CITY-Bellevue Hospital, New York University Medical Center and Beth Israel Medical Center, to name a few, cluster along Manhattan’s so-called “Hospital Row,” an East Side corridor that also includes New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College, Mount Sinai Hospital and School of Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Rockefeller University. Yet the city’s longstanding potential as a center for commercial bioscience has thus far been largely untapped, due mainly to a lack of lab space.

That may change with the advent of the Alexandria Center for Life Science, a biotech campus that marked the completion and delivery of its first phase Thursday. At a launch ceremony Thursday morning, Robert Steele, deputy mayor for economic development, described the project as “the first endeavor like this in New York, and it’s just the first.”

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