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Silvercup West: Hollywood on the East River

Last summer, we scored a peek at a plan for Silvercup Studios' designs on the Long Island City skyline. Today, in glorious Richard-Rogers-rendered relief, gaze at the towers in their full glory. The expansion, dubbed Silvercup West, would include studio space, soundstages and stores galore, an "unnamed cultural institution" (hot!)—and over a thousand apartments that would presumably gaze at the Manhattan skyline from those towers. The project could be built in as few as two years, but still needs city approval; hearings start in April. On the site right now? Per the Post: "A 79-megawatt generating station, a city salt pile and the historic Terra Cotta Building, which the developers will restore."

It's a huge deal for the neighborhood, and posters on the QueensWest message boards are predictably hyped up. Notes one, "I guess the guy that is converting the shady motel to a boutique hotel is not as crazy after all."
· Silvercup West Discussion [QueensWest]
· Silvercup Studios Sets $1 Billion Complex [NYTimes]
· Silvercup Builder Going for East River Gold [NYPost]
· Silvercup West's Triple Towers [Curbed]