Last fall, NYU announced a proposal to build the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) at the site of the former MTA building in Downtown Brooklyn. Bringing momentum to an already burgeoning area of the city, the move would create a unique research opportunity for the faculties of NYU and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), and allow for further collaboration with a consortium of world-class universities and the best in international tech companies.
Just last semester, during his convocation address welcoming first-year students, former Toronto Mayor David Miller, now a Future of Cities Global Fellow at NYU-Poly, noted that today most of the world’s population lives in cities and it’s of paramount importance that budding professionals in technical fields understand the challenges that come with that.
CUSP would address this new frontier in population dispersion, responding to the “technical, intellectual, engineering, academic, and human challenges posed by a rapidly urbanizing world.”
Downtown Brooklyn is buzzing with anticipation around the possibility of the project gaining approval, and to spread that enthusiasm the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the DUMBO Improvement District have created a video to support NYU’s proposed center at 370 Jay St. Check it out below and Tweet the video to @NYCMayorsOffice @MikeBloomberg @MTAInsider @NYGovCuomo @NYUPoly & @NYCEDC with the hashtag #CUSP.