Fear Not, Brooklyn Nerds! CMU Still Wants a Tech Campus at the Navy Yards

cmu fs Fear Not, Brooklyn Nerds! CMU Still Wants a Tech Campus at the Navy Yards

Campanile coming to a Navy Yards near you.

Cornell can have its fun up on Roosevelt Island, but that won’t stop Steiner Studios from bringing Carnegie Mellon to town. The Navy Yards-based film studio just released a statement saying it continues to work on its plan for an entertainment-tech campus in Brooklyn.

We remain committed to bringing Carnegie Mellon and its Advanced Digital Media Lab to Steiner Studios as part of our vision to create a 50-acre master-planned media campus furthering New York City’s explosive growth and vast potential in content creation and distribution.

We applaud Mayor Bloomberg for his initiative to enhance the city’s high tech corridor with new educational facilities; we also congratulate Cornell University and wish them the best with their plans to create a new science graduate center on Roosevelt Island.

If Steiner indeed succeeds in bringing C.M.U. to town, it would be an added bonus for the Bloomberg administration. Not only did it succeed in bringing one high-profile tech school to town, but it may well get two for the price of one.

C.M.U. officials were not immediately available for comment.

This also does not rule out N.Y.U.’s plans for a bigger footprint in the borough at its new Poly campus in Downtown Brooklyn. Could this be a three-fer?

Update: Here is the statement from C.M.U., still very much in the hunt for a Brooklyn campus:

First, we want to congratulate Cornell University, Technion and Mayor Bloomberg on the plans announced today.

Meanwhile, Carnegie Mellon is a partner on two proposals that continue to be under discussion. Both would be located in Brooklyn. In the first proposal, we are collaborating  with NYU and other organizations on a research center in downtown Brooklyn. We suggest you contact NYU for more information on that proposal.

On the second proposal, we are again one of the partners, this time with Steiner Studios. In this proposal, we would be one of the tenants in a project at the Brooklyn Naval Yard that would create or renovate studio spaces. Carnegie Mellon and Steiner Studios are developing a partnership that would build a program in New York in areas such as digital media and entertainment technology.

We look forward to these continuing discussions.

mchaban [at] observer.com | @MC_NYC


  1. Anonymous says:

    The Stanford University brand opted out of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s NYC Tech Campus for-profit, spy college deal. Technion of Israel still in “completely 50-50 partnership” with Cornell to take over  31% of Roosevelt Island.
    Technion grads head 59 Israeli NASDAQ firms ($28+ billion market value). Such grads employ 85% of techies Israel-wide. If Pentagon unblocks China deal, that makes Israel  3rd biggest arms exporter. 
    “By joining forces in this groundbreaking venture, our two great universities will employ our demonstrated expertise, experience and track record of transforming new ideas into solutions to create the global avenues of economic opportunity and tech leadership that Mayor Bloomberg envisions,” Cornell President David Skorton said.
    “We are very proud of the many strengths we bring to this endeavor, and we are excited to be a partner with another of the world’s great research universities,” Technion President Peretz Lavie added.
    “I launched Qualcomm’s first international R&D Center in Haifa in 1992, staffed entirely with Technion graduates and purposely located near the campus to take advantage of its great education and research,” said Irwin Jacobs of Qualcomm, who, along with a Goldman Sachs partner, is on the Technion-Cornell bid committee.
    Education Management (EDMC), 40% Goldman Sachs owned, stated “several states” attorney generals were planning to join False Claims Act case against them. EDMC operates career-college chains like Art Institute & Argosy University.
    Euro regulators fined Goldman Sachs / Barclays $456 million two years after the Dec. 2008 financial crisis for continued predations.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The city should take over the PJ’s near downtown and the Navy Yard and give all that land to NYU & Carnegie.  The displaced rifraff from the PJ’s can set up shop in Staten Island, Long Island or the Dirty Jerz.  That PJ land is far far too valuable for it to be wasted on non-performing & draining economic actors.  Plus, they cause so much crime