BY CRYSTAL LAU
Silvercup Studios announced Monday it will be expanding, with a new television and film production facility in the Bronx.
Citing the growing demand for production space, Silvercup, one of the Northeast’s leading independent production facility, is building an additional branch to the two existing lots.
Silvercup North will be a new studio complex to be located at 295 Locust Ave. in the Port Morris section of the Bronx. The $35 million project will transform the existing modern warehouse into a 115,000-square-foot full service production facility, and is set to be completed by June 2016.
This new location, close to the Bronx side of the RFK Triboro Bridge, will feature four production studios each with 50-foot-high ceilings, making them the highest ceilings of any film and TV production studio in New York City. Along with the studios, a full complement of shops, offices, and other support space will be offered on-site to production and staff.
This location will be Silvercup’s third location, bringing its total operation space to 500,000-square-feet citywide.
The project will bring an estimated 80 to 100 construction jobs as well as an estimated 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 in a prepared statement.
A former bread factory – famous for the smell of baking bread that once emulated from the site – the studio opened in 1983. Silvercup has been home to productions including “30 Rock,” “Sex and the City,” “The Sopranos,” and “Gossip Girl” as well major motion pictures including “When Harry Met Sally” and “The Devil Wears Prada.”