July 6, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge
After three decades in Long Island City, Silvercup Studios is expanding across the river.
The film and TV production studio announced Monday a $35 million project to open a new facility at 295 Locust Ave. in the Bronx.
Called Silvercup North, the new site will be the studio’s third, after its Main Lot and East Lot, both located in Long Island City. These Queens facilities have been home to productions including Sex and the City, When Harry Met Sally, The Sopranos and Girls.
According to Alan Suna, Silvercup CEO, Silvercup North will have studios that are wider and taller than at its other facilities, enabling larger-scale productions. Stretching 115,000 square-feet, Silvercup North will feature four 50-foot-high production studios – the tallest of any film or TV production studio in the City, the company said.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. spoke positively about the Silvercup North project.
“My office has been working to expand the film industry in The Bronx for several years and we are thrilled to welcome Silvercup Studios to the mainland and their new home,” Diaz said in a statement released with the announcement. “This expansion will not only bring new jobs and economic development to our borough, it will also help us continue to rebrand our borough and showcase the transformative development we have seen over the past decade.”
Community Board 2 voted last October to approve renewed permits for a long-delayed $1 billion Silvercup West project, which would bring eight soundstages and 1,000 apartments neighboring the Queensboro Bridge.
Suna said that a Brownfield clean-up of the Silvercup West construction site will begin “within the next year.”