new tech city
As Mayor Bloomberg nears the mile marker for his exit, the rest of the city is starting to chatter about what we’re supposed to do now. In December, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer released a report asking what the tech boom has done for New York’s working class. But the suits are getting in on the act, too: Today the Partnership for NYC released the NYC Jobs Blueprint, a report chock full of recs for the next mayor.
Most relevant to the tech biz: The Partnership Fund, the organization’s investment arm, is willing to pony up $20 million for an urban tech campus providing “flexible, affordable live-work spaces for the next generation of young professionals.”
The engineers of the future will never get to leave their desks!
Can a subway line that sidesteps Union Square be the backbone of New York’s burgeoning tech scene? Crain’s New York Business thinks so, calling the F train a “powerful drawing card,” worthy of moniker, “Silicon Subway.”
Silicon Alley U
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.
UPDATE: Read our liveblog of the Mayor’s press conference about the NYU’s new Brooklyn campus here.
Well that was well-timed! Hours after The New Yorker posted a profile of Stanford that tore at old wounds about the innovation engine’s decision to drop out of building an engineering campus in NYC–blame sour grapes or Seth Pinsky, depending on who you ask–the city is finally ready to make an announcement about a secondary initiative.
According to Mayor Bloomberg’s schedule, it looks like the second-place winner is a bid from NYU and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly). In its initial proposal, NYU wanted to transform the derelict former MTA headquarters at 370 Jay Street into a Center for Urban Science and Progress. At 1pm this afternoon, the Mayor will be joining NYU President John Sexton to announce a partnership to create a new “applied sciences center in Downtown Brooklyn.”