Politically wired influence peddlers pocketed more than $5 million from 2004 to last year from developers pushing plans to build a midtown metropolis on the borough's last major swath of available real estate.
A Daily News review of city, state and federal records uncovered a West Side gravy train funded by:
* Madison Square Garden, which would move across Eighth Ave. into the western portion of what's now the Farley Post Office building.
* Developers bidding on Hudson Yards, a huge residential and retail community planned to rise over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's West Side railyards.
* The Venture, a partnership of Steven Roth's Vornado Realty Trust and Stephen Ross' Related Companies, picked to transform the Farley Post Office at Eighth Ave. and 33rd St. into Moynihan Station to replace dingy Penn Station.
All those projects are on the drawing board at the same time. They involve extensive land-use review, zoning changes and approvals from multiple city, state and federal agencies — and they all need billions more to meet expected costs.
That spells a bonanza for lobbyists.
Influence peddlers cash in big time on Manhattan's West Side properties