A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 23, 2013
Genius School (Baby Genius School)

In 2011, New York City encouraged top universities to open a world-class applied sciences graduate school (dubbed a “genius school") on city land. The unofficial nickname of “genius school” was used in October 2011.

The term “baby genius school” was used in June 2012 to refer to a technological school for high school students.


Daily News (New York, NY)
Top colleges offering plans to make New York City a high-tech mecca
BY RACHEL MONAHAN AND RICH SCHAPIRO
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2011, 4:00 AM
Financial capital of the world.

Media capital of the world.

And, if Mayor Bloomberg’s vision is realized, New York City will add a third moniker: tech capital of the world.

A key part of the mayor’s effort to transform the city into the next Silicon Valley comes into focus this month when the battle to open New York’s new “genius school” enters the home stretch.

Top universities from around the world are vying to win the chance to open a world-class applied sciences grad school on city land. The deadline for final proposals is Oct. 28; a winner could be picked by the end of the year.

Time magazine
Get Schooled: Class Size, College Tuition and More Education News
By Kayla Webley Oct. 27, 2011
Elite Schools Compete for ‘Genius School’ Money
Applications are due Friday for Mayor Bloomberg’s “genius school,” a science and engineering graduate-level campus. The winner will receive prime real estate (on New York City’s Roosevelt Island) and $100M, which has the likes of Stanford and Cornell competing for the prize.

Daily News (New York, NY)
Once upon a time ‘genius schools’ were called New York City public high schools
Future Nobel Prize winners once roamed their halls

By Patrice O’Shaughnessy
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2011, 7:00 PM
Now the Bloomberg administration is talking about building “genius schools.” Giving free land and $100 million in taxpayer money to a university — or even several of them — to run a school that would churn out computer geeks.

Anything to spend money on something with a catchy name.

There was a time when this city was filled with “genius schools.” Only we called them New York City public high schools.

Daily News (New York, NY)
City launches plan to build schools to train whiz kids in computers and cutting-edge technology
Venture capitalist Fred Wilson helping bankroll baby genius school, which will help students land coveted interships at tech firms

BY TINA MOORE
THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012, 11:56 PM
While Cornell builds the city’s next “genius” school for tech grad students, Mayor Bloomberg is launching a sort of farm team for public school kids.

One of his top deputies on Thursday announced plans to build several baby genius schools around the city in the coming years.

They will train high school kids in computers and cutting-edge technology — and score them coveted internships with innovative tech firms.

Daily News (New York, NY)
Carnegie Mellon University to offer technology master’s degrees in Brooklyn school
The school, which will open in Steiner Studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2015, is joining Cornell University, New York University and Columbia University in the city’s latest STEM investment.

BY BEN CHAPMAN
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013, 1:14 AM
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“This is where the best and the brightest want to be,” said Bloomberg of the new academies, nicknamed the “genius” schools. “It’s dramatically deepening the pool of engineering talent in our city.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Saturday, November 23, 2013 • Permalink