Urban planners are looking to bring still more change to Downtown Brooklyn, an area that's undergone significant change in the last decade or so. They're studying several ways to solidify a new technology hub to allow the creative community there to thrive. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
It's called The Greenhouse, a brand new space inside one of the buildings at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU Poly) in Downtown Brooklyn. It's designed to let ideas grow.
"People feel more empowered, and they're more innovative and creative, when you give them the permission to do whatever they want to do," said Sana Altaf, a student at NYU Poly. "That's what we tried to create in this space."
"We were working on a project, and this group of students came up and said, 'Hey, this is really cool. I have a few ideas,'" said Ashwin Gopi, a researcher at NYU Poly.
It's that kind of innovative environment that a coalition of Brooklyn groups want to bring outside.
NY1 first reported on the initiative, called the Tech Triangle, back in April, designed to link Downtown, the Navy Yard and DUMBO as a technology hub. Now, a master plan is being drawn up to help it realize its full potential.
The coalition is led by three groups: the DUMBO Improvement District, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.
The groups found that the tech sector is flourishing in all three areas, but the physical connection among them remains a challenge. But a possible solution may be in the works.
"The MTA has already reached out and mentioned they're very interested in creating a Tech Triangle bus line to really start to link up the three areas of the triangle, whether that's the creation of a new bus or the extension of a new route," said Tucker Reed of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.
The design team hired by the coalition also envisions more bike lanes and racks.
"Making sure you can walk and cycle to these places," said Adam Lubinsky of WXY Architecture + Urban Design. "A lot of people who are working in the tech and creative industries, they want to bike places, they want to walk places, and they want the streets to be lively."
That energy can come full circle back to the colleges here.
"It creates the environment that's going to attract great students for us and provide the companies that are going to employ the kinds of great engineers we're creating," said Elizabeth Lusskin, chief of staff at NYU Poly.
The final master plan for the area is set to be unveiled in the spring.