"We are Americans, each with an equal right to worship and pray where we choose." New York City Mayor Bloomberg weighed in on the highly charged debate over plans to build an Islamic Center near Ground Zero.
The city said Thursday it wants the academic world to submit ideas for a partnership with the city to create a new applied science campus.
The Bloomberg administration wants to develop more opportunities for applied sciences in New York.
The city plans to help fund the project and could also provide land for the new campus.
Deputy Mayor Robert Steel said New York is strong in applied sciences and engineering, but doesn't dominate.