New York City hopes that the introduction of its new "Brooklyn Tech Triangle" will help it top Silicon Valley as the countries leading hub for technology. The area spans DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Navy Yard and could include 4 million-square-feet of tech-related businesses by 2015.
The $3 billion plan includes making three points of the triangle more accessible by connecting the Fulton Mall and Columbus Park, extending the routes of the B67 and B24 bus routes and creating ferry landings for Jay Street and the Navy Yard. There are also plans for a vertical dog park, a helium balloon that rests 600 feet in the air and holds 30 people and a "tech terrace" with benches, picnic tables and outdoor ping-pong tables.
Much of this depends on government and private sector funding, but it sure is nice to dream about a future in a tethered balloon, right?