With the signing of a lease for a large bit of office space downtown, The Brooklyn Paper cites CUNY’s expansion as merely following a trend that is transforming DoBro into “College town.”
While a first time visitor may not think Downtown Brooklyn feels much like the University District of other cities or other parts of NYC even, the list of colleges and universities that inhabit the relatively small confines of a few blocks is fairly impressive.
Empire State College, St. Francis College, Long Island University, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Brooklyn Law School, Packer Collegiate Institute, and New York City of Technology all have campuses of some sort downtown. Just outside of downtown are even more, including St. Joseph’s and Pratt.
The issue is not simply that there are a large number of colleges in a small geographical space, but that so many of them are growing and expanding in that small geographical space.
St. Francis, Empire College, NYU, and Long Island University have all either reported significant increases in incoming students, the need for greater space, or plans to increase the size or number of programs. Schools such as Pratt just outside of DoBro in Clinton Hill are similarly experiencing expanding enrollment and floor space.
This would seem to bode well for the region’s future.