NYU bringing some 'class' to DoBro
by Andrew Pavia
Dec 05, 2012 | 597 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New York University is bringing more than just construction to Downtown Brooklyn.

The NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) will welcome its inaugural class of 50 students to its 26,000-square-foot location at 1 MetroTech Center.

And NYU is expanding even more into Brooklyn, as renovations are already underway at 370 Jay Street, a formerly unused MTA building. The Jay Street facility will take an estimated five years to complete and include 500,000 square feet.

While NYU already has a presence in Brooklyn with NYU-Poly, in a statement the university stated that the expansion in DoBro will, “bring together global leaders of science, technology and education, while anchoring the next phase of economic development initiatives in the area.”

CUSP was one of the winning proposals submitted in response to the City's Applied Sciences NYC initiatives. It will include 50 research and faculty members from universities and private industries along with more than 400 master’s students and 100 Ph.D candidates.

The program itself is an applied science research institute, including a partnership with other universities and tech companies.

The facility at MetroTech will be a temporary facility while renovations are completed. It will include 83 offices and work stations for faculty, an electronics lab for design and fabrication, and two large visualization labs.

Approximately, 40,000 square feet will be used in coordination with NYU-Poly as incubator space for businesses spun off by CUSP-related research.

“The innovative faculty and students at CUSP are set to tackle urban challenges and bring innovative solutions to a world market, and it's only appropriate that we begin shaping these ideas in Brooklyn,” said Steven Koonin, CUSP director.

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