To Attract the Next Google, New York City Seeks to Create an Engineering School

New York City,Politics — Zac Townsend @ December 16, 2010 2:03 pm

On Thursday morning, Robert K. Steel, the deputy mayor for economic development, announced that the city would seek a “top caliber academic institution” as a partner in building a school for applied science and engineering. The city is willing to consider locating it on one or more of its properties, including the old hospital campuses at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and on Roosevelt Island.

I'm not entirely sure what that means. Are they looking for a new school to form a campus in the city, or for an already existing university to expand? Are they willing to give land/money to Columbia's Fu, NYU-Poly or Cooper Union or do they want MIT to have a satellite campus? The NYT article continues:

“New York has had some of the best science in the world for years, and it hasn’t translated into a first-rate center for technology start-ups the way it has elsewhere,” said Jonathan Bowles, director of the Center for an Urban Future. “It’s a mistake to think that any other region can become the next Silicon Valley, but New York can and should develop more of a technology presence than it has now.”


  1. Why hasn't anyone put the YC in NYC?

    Comment by JSFM — December 17, 2010 @ 5:11 am
  2. You need someone like Paul Graham. YC exists to make money, but it is partially altruistic. You cannot just hire someone to do what he does, as he writes in one of his essays “The kind of advice we give literally can't be bought, because anyone qualified to give it is already rich. You can only get it from investors.”

    Comment by Zac Townsend — December 17, 2010 @ 10:05 am

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