Roosevelt Island is a long narrow strip of land beside Manhattan in New York, shaped like a fountain pen that someone dropped in the East River.
It has been used for a prison - with inmates including the jazz singer Billie Holiday in the 1920s. It has been a mental asylum and an isolation hospital.
If a Scooby Doo villain was looking for a place to put a ghost mystery fairground, it might end up there.
But this two-mile stretch is soon to become a $2bn hi-tech cradle of creativity, a “Silicon Island” launchpad for the industries of the digital age.
This is going to be the site of New York’s technology campus - a hugely ambitious project to create a research hub from scratch.
The campus plans to have the biggest solar panel system in New York. Pic: SOM
And it is an experiment being watched as a blueprint for other countries trying to find a way to kick-start such hi-tech innovation.