Glitz Comes to Queens
February 22nd, 2006

For those bored with the Manhattanization of Brooklyn, welcome to the Manhattanization of Queens. Plans have been announced for a major expansion of Queens Silvercup Studio in Long Island City. According to Curbed, 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.

Some observers see the plans, still awaiting approval, as a vote of confidence in Queens and the citys film industry. What would you pick – a new Brooklyn or a new Long Island City? asks Gothamist. The thing that has stopped Queens from truly being the next Brooklyn (at least for younger NYers) is its less ideal downtown access, though the views can be more spectacular. And, says Brownstoner, Pretty soon, all the movie stars in Boerum Hill won’t ever have to set foot in Manhattan.

But an anonymous poster on that blog has doubts: I just love how like Atlantic Yards is promoted as a sport stadium when its really a high rise condo project, this is being promoted as a film studio when its really a massive condo development.

By on February 22, 2006, 1:13 pm
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2 Responses to “Glitz Comes to Queens”

  1. Larry Littlefield Says:
    February 22nd, 2006 at 7:58 pm

    People have to live somewhere. And those who don’t have their own place yet (including my children) are people.

    I’d rather have them live on a former industrial wasteland on the East River than in an energy-intensive McMansion built on paved over farmland on the exurban fringe.

  2. thequestion Says:
    February 23rd, 2006 at 1:57 pm

    My concern is that your children won’t be able to afford to live in either of those developments unless they’re ultra-rich. The developers that run this city aren’t building for us. They are building apartments of millionaires like those movie stars that will be working at Silvercup.

    We need to ensure that low and moderate income housing is protected wherever development happens.

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