Looks like DUMBO isn’t the only neighborhood eager to flaunt its tech prowess. According to a new site launched last week, DUMBO is just one ‘hood that’s part of the “Brooklyn Tech Triangle,” which also includes downtown Brooklyn and the Navy Yard. A local coalition from each neighborhood has been tapped to represent its district in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle initiative, which seeks to establish the area as an innovative and welcoming place for tech firms.
According to a recent report commissioned by the initiative’s three main partners, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, DUMBO Improvement District and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation:
The Brooklyn Tech Triangle, is currently home to more than 500 creative companies in more than 1.7 million square feet of space. By 2015 the area is expected to exceed more than 600 firms requiring 3.1 million square feet…Brooklyn has experienced greater and faster growth in the tech and creative sectors than New York City as a whole from 2007 to 2011. Brooklyn has seen annual average growth of 4.9 percent, compared to -1.4 percent for NYC.
The Brooklyn Tech Triangle initiative intends to use the survey’s findings to better understand and address the needs of the area, so that they may “create an area-wide master plan that examines the viability of the tech sector in Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO and the Navy Yard, the reuse of certain real estate assets to accommodate growth and bolster Downtown Brooklyn as a destination for creative companies.”
Man, the city is really on its A-game this week. The initiative site’s launch, as well as the survey’s findings, dovetail nicely with today’s announcement that downtown Brooklyn will become the home of a new NYU-sponsored Center for Urban Science and Progress. Of course, it’s important to maintain a healthy dose of skepticism, since it’s obviously in the best interest of both politicians and real estate developers to make it look like this is indeed a movement and not just spillover from digital DUMBO.
So, “Brooklyn, start your tech engines” the website urges (ugh): looks like the tech turf wars have only just begun.
Check out the Brooklyn Tech Triangle initiative’s infographic below.