Mayor Bloomberg's plan to bring more high-tech applied sciences to the city keeps moving forward and NYU, hot off of scaling back its NYU 2031 plans, is the big winner. As expected. Brooklyn is the new Manhattan, after all. All of which is to say: Today the mayor is set to announce the creation of The Center for Urban Science and Progress in the current MTA building at 370 Jay Street.
To facilitate the creation of CUSP, NYU has agreed to pay $50 million towards moving the Authority's equipment and workers out of the building. In exchange, the city is giving $15 million in benefits (including tax breaks) to the school. The Center won't just be NYU and its NYU-Poly school, however. It will be a team effort including a number of schools that proposed to build a high-tech campus in the city in a contest that eventually went to a Cornell school on Roosevelt Island.
According to the city the consortium of schools and instituions will include "City University of New York, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Toronto, University of Warwick, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay," as well as "leading companies IBM and Cisco." The school will be initially run by Steven Koonin, previously Undersecretary of Energy for Science and as Provost of the California Institute of Technology.
Renovating the building will take a few years, of course. So in the meantime, NYU plans to start classes for the new program in other spaces in Downtown Brooklyn in the fall of 2013. We'll have more from the city's formal announcement of the new school later today.