With the film and television industry continuing to grow in the Big Apple, the city’s leading independent film and television production studio is making sure to keep up with the demand.
Silvercup Studios, located at 42-22 22nd St. in Long Island City, announced Monday it will be expanding into the Bronx with a $35 million project that will turn a modern warehouse into a 115,000-square-foot full-service production facility called Silvercup North.
The new building, located at 295 Locust Ave., will be Silvercup Studios’ third location and is expected to be completed by June 2016.
“For more than 30 years, Silvercup Studios has been an integral part of New York’s film and television production industry, which has never been more active that it is today,” said Alan Suna, Silvercup CEO. “The Bronx is undergoing a tremendous revitalization right now. We’re excited to expand our studios here as the industry continues to grow and to bring with it high-quality production jobs and the resulting benefits from having this production work remain in New York.”
Silvercup North will feature four production studios with 50-foot-high ceilings – the highest of any film or television production studio in the city. There will also be on-site shops, offices and other support space needed.
The $35 million project is also expected to bring about 80 to 100 construction jobs, along with later providing about 400 production industry jobs.
“The film and television industries have historically offered good jobs with pathways to success for New Yorkers, and the expansion of this thriving industry will be hugely meaningful for Bronxites,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The new facility is close by to several major expressways, the RFK (Triborough) Bridge and the 6 line.
“With additional studio space, more television shows and feature films that may have been filmed elsewhere can now take advantage of all the benefits of filming in New York,” said Stuart Suna, president of Silvercup Studios. “The central location and nearby access to highways and public transportation, as well as the incredible soaring ceilings at this Locust Avenue location will surely be a draw for producers. The height and size of these new sound stages will allow us to attract television and feature film work to New York that we have heretofore not been able to accommodate at our other facilities.”