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Now three institutions—New York University, Columbia University [pictured above] and Carnegie Mellon University—are unveiling details of prospective campuses at other sites around the city, adding a twist to an ongoing dogfight between the engineering powerhouses from Ithaca and Palo Alto.
The charge by the local schools and Carnegie Mellon, which is partnering with a major production studio in Brooklyn, opens the door for Mayor Michael Bloomberg to possibly select two winners. "We're extremely encouraged by the level of enthusiasm that has been demonstrated so far by both local universities and nonlocal universities," said Seth Pinsky, president of the city's Economic Development Corp. "We're expecting to get a very robust set of responses."