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Will Stanford Take the F Train to Silicon Island? Tensions Rise as Deadline for Tech Campus Approaches

Here on Silicon Island?

“One of the things that infuriates me personally is we always seem to get left out of the conversation,” said Queens Civic Congress president Patricia Dolan. “Every time the mayor of the City of New York thinks about doing something wonderful, he should be thinking about Queens!”

It was a mild Monday evening in Flushing, a 15-minute walk from the last stop on the 7 line. Ms. Dolan, a “gritty, determined, old Irish biddy,” according to a recent comment on the local blog Queens Crap, was hosting an economic development forum to discuss, in part, Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to build a graduate engineering and applied sciences campus to rival Stanford’s program on the West Coast.

If replicating the talent engine that fuels Silicon Valley sounds ambitious, City Hall’s underlying vision is even more enterprising. New York City’s Economic Development Corporation has offered universities around the world a chance to compete for city-owned land in the hopes of besting the Valley, wresting the title of innovation capital from global competitors and remaking New York’s industrial landscape. So long Goldman Sachs, hello start-ups—if it comes to that, of course. Read More