Cornell will soon begin building a high-tech campus on Roosevelt Island, but they're not the only school investing in the technological future of New York City. Mayor Michael Bloomberg alluded to talks with other schools during his press conference earlier this week in which he revealed that Cornell had won the competition to build a high-tech campus on prime real estate. Now, politicians are pushing for New York University to follow through with its plans to build a high-tech campus in DUMBO.
370 Jay Street is practically empty, doing nothing now but housing some switches...It's clear that 370 Jay Street is calling out for this kind of project, said Borough President Mart Markowitz according to the New York Daily News.
NYU is considering a project that would turn the large building at 370 Jay Street, currently owned by the MTA, into the Center for Urban Science and Progress. The new facility would be an attempt to attract top talent from scientists and engineers around the world.
The city is also negotiating with Carnegie Mellon and Columbia about interest in the spot. While each of the DUMBO suitors might have lost the race to Roosevelt Island, it might actually work in their favor to build in DUMBO. Any technology institute built on 370 Jay Street already has a gigantic structure to build around.