2006_02_silvercup.jpgForget for glitzy Brooklyn development for the moment: Silvercup Studios, home of the Sopranos (and former home of Sex and the City), has announced a $1 billion plan to expand the Long Island City waterfront. Quick, buy now! AM New York on the project:

The three-building project, to be called Silvercup West, will include eight soundstages, along with 1,000 apartments, a catering hall, museum, and office and retail space. The plans also call for redevelopment of the waterfront area of the 6-acre site, which will be transformed into a public esplanade.

The towers will be 49 to 57 stories (418 to 588 feet) - and can you imagine the midtown Manhattan views? The plan is far from approved, as the announcement marked the beginning of a public review, but Silvercup hopes that construction would be completed by 2009. Part of what will make it attractive to the city will be the the thousands of construction and permanent jobs that "Silvercup West" would create. So, what would you pick - a new Brooklyn or a new Long Island City? 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.

Is this Silvercup's answer to Brooklyn Steiner Studio challenge, by increasing the soundstages available? And check out these cool pictures of the Silvercup Bakery's rocket from the 1950s - one of Silvercup Studios' main stages is the former flour silo of the bakery!