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Studio Behind "When Harry Met Sally" to Open New Site in South Bronx

By Eddie Small | July 8, 2015 3:33pm
 Silvercup Studios plans to open a new studio complex at 295 Locust Ave. in Port Morris.
Silvercup Studios plans to open a new studio complex at 295 Locust Ave. in Port Morris.
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PORT MORRIS — Another slice of Hollywood should touch down in The Bronx next summer.

Silvercup Studios, which has worked on movies including "When Harry Met Sally" and "The Devil Wears Prada," along with television shows like "The Sopranos" and "Girls," anticipates opening a new facility at 295 Locust Ave. in Port Morris next June.

This will be the third location for the company, which currently operates two sites in Long Island City on 22nd Street and Starr Avenue.

Silvercup's upcoming Bronx location will be a 115,000-square-foot, $35 million project featuring four production studios with 50-foot-high ceilings. The company will provide shops and offices on site as well.

The project, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, should bring between 80 and 100 construction jobs to Port Morris, along with about 400 jobs in the production industry, according to studio officials.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. praised the move as a tremendous opportunity for growth in The Bronx.

“This expansion will not only bring new jobs and economic development to our borough," he said in a statement. "It will also help us continue to rebrand our borough and showcase the transformative development we have seen over the past decade."

The borough has become a rather popular destination for movies and television lately. York Studios, which helped put together "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and "This Is Where I Leave You," has plans to open a 300,000-square-foot facility in Soundview containing eight studios, and director Baz Luhrmann is working on a show for Netflix called "The Get Down" that will focus on a group of teenagers from the South Bronx in the 1970s.

Additionally, Morrisania was the site of a film shoot for the Cinemax series "The Knick" in February.

Silvercup Studios has worked on television shows including "30 Rock" and "Gossip Girl" and currently works on shows such as "Elementary," "Madam Secretary" and "Person of Interest" at its facilities in Queens.

The company's Bronx site, called Silvercup North, will be located near the Bruckner Expressway, the Major Deegan Expressway, the RFK Bridge and the 6 train.

"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," Silvercup Studios President Stuart Suna said.

Silvercup CEO Alan Suna said he was thrilled to open the company's new facility in The Bronx.

“The Bronx is undergoing a tremendous revitalization right now," he said in a statement. "We’re excited to expand our studios here as the industry continues to grow."