Alas, NYC Tech Science School Prize, Won by Cornell, Won’t Come to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. So … Let’s Build Our Own Tech Triangle

Today we’ll hear officially that the City will award a huge bonanza of a new high tech campus, meant to generate jobs and put NYC on the map as the east coast Silicon Valley. and it won’t be coming to Brooklyn. Congrats to Cornell and its consortium, which will build the state-of-the-art facility in city-provided land on Roosevelt Island. and thanks to Mayor Bloomberg for spearheading this ambitious initiative, which will help all of New York City.

But I have to say, I’m disappointed that the new university campus won’t be at our very own Brooklyn Navy Yard, which was one of the options offered to contestants by the City.

To create 21st century jobs here in the borough of Kings, we’re just going to have to build up our own burgeoning high tech corridor. In fact, that plan is already on the minds of some of the city’s leaders.

At a meeting of the Real Estate Roundtable at the Brooklyn Historical Society in November, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and others outlined just that concept: a Tech Triangle linking Brooklyn’s existing assets.

An already sizable number of digital companies are now based in Brooklyn’s DUMBO.

We have an as-yet unharnessed academic tech powerhouse — a confluence of tens of thousands of college and grad students studying in the Brooklyn Heights/Downtown Brooklyn — that could be linked to high tech businesses and incubators. This powerhouse includes NYU-Poly, an engineering university, as well as City Tech, Long Island University, and others.

Not far away,

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