NYU grad center in Brooklyn will continue city’s push to a high-tech future

The critical drive to make New York a mecca of the 21st century economy got a great boost with the announcement that NYU will lead the creation of the city’s first graduate program dedicated to building a brighter urban future through technology.

Congratulations are in order for bringing together an international consortium of brainpower including Carnegie Mellon University, CUNY, the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, the University of Toronto in Canada and the University of Warwick in England, as well as tech industry giants such as IBM and Cisco.

Doubly good, the new Center for Urban Science and Progress will be a boon to downtown Brooklyn, breathing life into a building formerly owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at 370 Jay St.

It’ll serve as a healthy complement to the city’s blockbuster applied science campus being built by Cornell University on Roosevelt Island.

That will integrate commercially oriented research with the needs and ambitions of the city’s business, financial and creative communities.

The NYU-led effort will seek similar connections and synergies but concentrate its mental firepower on the challenges facing cities: transportation, energy, environmental sustainability and the like.

The aim is to partner with entrepreneurs from a range of city industries and with Wall Street to zip ideas from inspiration to the laboratory to the factory to the customer.

The road to the future starts in downtown Brooklyn.

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