Broadway Stages' Rooftop Farms Featured On PX11 with President Gina Argento and Growing Chefs' Annie Novak

Broadway Stages Rooftop Farm, established in 2008, continues to be an active member in the green movement and helps New Yorkers eat right with high quality fresh ingredients. Recognized as one of New York City's and Brooklyn's first urban rooftop farms, Rooftop Farms has been the world renowned driving force in Brooklyn's healthy eating movement and has played a pivotal in encouraging green landscapes for the benefit of Brooklynites.

Sponsored by Gina Argento, President of Broadway Stages, Rooftop Farms was created to become a communal space for Greenpoint and Brooklyn residents to enjoy and learn the benefits of growing vegetables in a modern city environment. Gina Argento and Broadway Stages has dedicated nearly a decade of financial support for Rooftop operations to allow Brooklyn locals the opportunity to source fresh vegetables and quality ingredients right in their backyards.

 

In partnership with Gina and Broadway Stages, Annie Novak, founder of Growing Chefs, closely maintains the operations of Eagle Street farm along with dedicated interns and volunteers.  Annie has been an invaluable member to New York's growing farming scene and shares a vision with Broadway Stages to change the way Brooklynites eat food.

Broadway Stages' Eagle Street Rooftop Farm has recently been featured on New York's PX11 local news channel in a segment detailing the growing popularity in urban farming among city farmers and enthusiast. Given a tour guided by Annie Novak and Broadway Stages Gina Argento, PX11 was given the full scope behind the partnership that established Rooftop Farms almost 10 years ago.  Looking to bring quality foods to New Yorkers in a convenient growing space that provided an unparalleled level of transparency in the farming industry, Annie and Gina wanted to set an example and set the standard of the changing food industry in New York. Naturally, Rooftop Farms and Annie Novak have always been at the forefront of advocating for clean and naturally grown foods to replace chemically altered foods founds in most supermarkets. Instead, Annie and Gina encourage New Yorkers to opt for a greener and healthier solution such as Rooftop Farms.

Astoria Perfomring Arts Center and Broadway Stages together to bring theatre to Astoria!

Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) has won over 40 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations and an Off-Offf Broadway Theatre Review Award. Striving to produce industry quality programs, APAC is a community based theatre organization with the founding mission to be an center of dramatic and musical enrichment for Astoria citizens. With performances that range from cultural performance to classical revivals, APAC reflects the diverse cultures and peoples of Astoria through its various theatrical showcases. 

Broadway Stages President Gina Argento firmly believes that Astoria locals should presented with enrichment opportunities that can be enjoyed by a wide range of age groups and peoples. Recognizing the immense popularity with theatrical performance in Astoria, Gina has partnered up with APAC to deliver incredible musical and dramatic plays to local audiences at no extra charge through her financial contributions. Contributions made by Gina are also used to help organize annual summer camps for student education provided by APAC to educate student in play writing.

By sponsoring APAC events Gina hopes to increase community interest in theatre as well as provide New Yorkers the ability to attend world class theatrical performances with out any financial barriers. Her financial support for APAC has helped support actors and actresses, maintenance, and general operations costs which allows for free attendance by community members. Her continued contributions only seek to benefit the community as a whole by presenting Astoria residents with sponsored APAC events that they can attend free of admissions.

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Featured as one of Fortune's Leadership Insiders, Gina Argento Gives College Graduates Her Advice On Entering The Workforce

Fortune’s Question of the Day aims to answer public concerns or questions in the business world regarding entrepreneurship, economy, and finance, amongst other topics with the help of business professionals and industry experts.

To help recent college graduates in gaining an edge in the job market, Gina Argento, comments on Fortunes Question of the Day,
What advice do you have for college graduates entering the workforce?”


 

 

  1. Don’t make generic Cover Letters!
    “The ones that stand out say more than just, "I have experience with film." That is already expected when applying to a film production company.” To make the cut, you need to personalize you cover letter and express why you will be the ideal candidate for the position you are going to fill. Think about how your strengths will be applied to that position.
  2. Get Excited!
    The more you are excited for the position, the more excited your interviewer will be. Show that you are excited to learn about and willing to grow into and beyond your new position. “At Broadway Stages, I look for my staff to become experts in their field, whether it’s in filming equipment, woodworking, lighting, or another area. Their expertise isn’t expected on day one, but when we hire, we look for those who have potential to grow and become leaders of their team.” Learning is part of the process when first entering the workforce but showing that you will go beyond your daily assignments speaks key.

Go out there and make your way to the top of the interview list and land that job!

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Broadway Stages Makes The Effort To Stay Brooklyn Local!

Broadway Stages has always operated with the commitment to reinvestment back into Brooklyn communities to share our success with local community members and businesses. By going local, Broadway Stages is able to help positively impact local economies and allow Brooklyn businesses to prosper as we have. It only makes sense to give back to those that have helped you!

Broadway Stages President Gina Argento encourages neighborhood Brooklynites to stay Brooklyn local too! Operating in Brooklyn for over 30 years, Broadway Stages has always actively sourced construction material, food, and services from the Greenpoint neighborhood. Broadway Stages sources daily coffee from Cafe Grumpy, lunch from Greenpoint restaurants, and sound stage construction material from native Brooklyn craftsmen, ranging from wood work to metal work.

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In addition, Broadway Stages have been long time supporter of educational and community programs for the benefit of Brooklynites. Iconic venues such as Rooftop Farms, Brooklyn's first urban farm, or Kingsland Wildflowers, Greenpoint's wildlife and plant community space, were both supported and constructed by Broadway Stages for purpose of community enrichment. Broadway Stages wants the Greenpoint community to know that we appreciate your continued support and will continue to reinvest our success back into the Brooklyn community!

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Broadway Stages Congratulates NYWIFT and Designing Women Honorees 2017 with Amy Schumer, David Costabile, Rosario Dawson, and Variety Magazine !

Broadway Stages would love to give a big shout out to the lovely presenters Rosario Dawson, Krysten Ritter, David Costabile, Carmen Ejogo, and Amy Schumer and a big round of applause to Designing Women Honorees Sarit Klein, Pamela May, Stephanie Maslansky, and the rest of the Jessica Jones Team for their incredible work and exceptional quality of work! Congratulations honorees on a well deserved award and long overdue recognition for your individual commitments and sacrifices to make Jessica Jones happen. Broadway Stages is thankful for your continued dedication and your revolutionary contributions to the TV and Film industry.

Amy Schumer at NYWIFT Designing Woman Ceremony

Amy Schumer at NYWIFT Designing Woman Ceremony

Broadway Stages General Counsel Anthony K.C. Fong Esq. with Rosario Dawson RECEIVER of the vareity emsemble award

Broadway Stages General Counsel Anthony K.C. Fong Esq. with Rosario Dawson RECEIVER of the vareity emsemble award

The night was truly a one of a kind experience to come together and celebrate the achievements of outstanding woman in the film and television industry. The many hours of unnoticed intensive work going into the minute details in a on-screen character's hair, makeup, and clothes all need to be recognized. The personality of a on-screen character is as much dependent on these small details as it is dependent on the actor or actress playing them. Krysten Ritter, who plays Jessica Jones, agrees that it is the tremendous efforts by Designing Women Honorees that truly breathe life into the characters on the big screen.

NYWIFT Executive Director Terry Lawler with Rosario Dawson

NYWIFT Executive Director Terry Lawler with Rosario Dawson

Broadway Stages Guest and Friend Bronx Supreme court hon. marc whiten andactor david costabile

Broadway Stages Guest and Friend Bronx Supreme court hon. marc whiten andactor david costabile

The ceremony followed with rounds of laughter and a night full of dance with NYWIFT members sharing their incredible energy with attendees. Conversations shared between members and attendee centered around the amazing works of the Jessica Jones team and the impressive teamwork that goes into a production like Jessica Jones. To tie off the night, the Jessica Jones team shared plenty of funny and embarrassing stories that happen behind the scenes that brought laughter to the whole crowd!

Once again, Broadway Stages would like to thank NYWIFT for sharing this incredible night with Broadway Stages and we hope to be back again soon!

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Park Stewardship with Broadway Stages and Open Space Alliance!

Gina Argento, President of North Brooklyn’s Broadway Stages and green activist, celebrates with fellow North Brooklynites at the Amazon Studio to recognize the communal effort to help secure parks for the residents of Greenpoint and Willamsburg.

Partnering with Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn(OSA), Gina Argento, on behalf of Broadway Stages, has committed financial resources for the use of park enhancing services and park expanding programs as part of her duty as a Park Steward. As a Park Steward Sponsor, Gina Argento pledges her continued support OSA to make Brooklyn parks safe, clean, and green for community members.

Gina’s contributions to OSA has only helped contribute to OSA’s mission to provide park services to all Brooklyn parks within the Community District 1 area. Committed to improving park conditions and raising awareness for the need to maintain public spaces, OSA relies on community funding and support like those that from Broadway Stages to effectively operate and perform its services. Gina Argento, a known supporter of local Brooklyn businesses and community programs, agrees that Brooklynites should support one another. Broadway Stages is proud to help provide our community with clean, safe, and open parks for Brooklyn.

Broadway Stages’s Gina Argento encourages you to join her and OSA in securing Brooklyn spaces and parks for Brooklynites to use to enjoy recreational activities. Help support a community mission to maintain current and create new parks! #Brooklyn

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Summer Rooftop Fun with Broadway Stages' Rooftop Farm

The summer season is in full swing and so is our Rooftop Farms! Broadway Stages’ Rooftop Farms, created by President Gina Argento and Founder Tony Argento, welcomes you to join our urban farm atop our Eagle Street warehouse overlooking the beautiful Manhattan cityscape.

Rooftop Farms began with a idea in mind to encourage New York City residents and businesses to purse a greener New York City skyline. Since 2008, Rooftop Farms has grown and produced thousands of pounds of fresh, safe, and delicious produce to neighborhood families and community members. Partnering with local Brooklyn restaurants, Rooftop Farms delivers quality grade vegetables to ensure restaurants are serving the best foods they can.

Rooftop Farms is not only a prime destination to get fresh high quality ingredients, but it is also a great place to learn about the urban farm movement and techniques to help start your own miniature urban farm. Urban Farming education is provided by Rooftop Farm staff that are dedicated and passionate about keeping greenery in New York City. Visitors will be educated on the impacts of urbanization on the natural environment and how urban farming can help diminish its effects. Come visit Rooftop Farms today and learn how you can make a big impact on your environment and enjoy fresh all natural produce!

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Broadway Stages' Green Pillars lead by Gina Argento

Broadway Stages Gina Argento upholds environmental stewardship by following four fundamental green pillars that she always seeks to improve upon and encourage others to follow. #GoGina

Solar:
The power of the sun and its virtual unlimited energy resource should not be underestimated says Gina Argento. Solar Energy is one of the most powerful resources available and has the potential to power all our energy needs if properly harnessed. Taking a step in the direction to replace traditional energy outlets, Broadway Stages has been sourcing a significant portion of our energy demands directly from the sun! Sitting under direct sun at our Kingsland rooftops are rows and rows of large solar panels aimed position at the sun. This is part of our solar commitment  since 2010 has saved Broadway Stages over 1,200,000kWh annually from traditional electrical sources such as nuclear, coal, and gas.

Nature:
Contributing back to the natural environment by planting more plants is the most direct way to impact and help embrace the green revolution. Planting vegetables or garden greens are crucial in reduce carbon emissions surrounding the metro area. As the top consumers of carbon dioxide, plants directly replace carbon in the air with breathable oxygen. Concerned about the air quality and carbon levels, Gina Argento has supported the urban farm revolution since 2008 by creating Rooftop Farms. In operation for almost a decade now, Rooftop Farms has served the Brooklyn community by providing fresh organic vegetables on the edge of Greenpoint while replenishing oxygen in the air.

Water:
Water is the one of the most limited and important resources in the world. Learning how to efficiently and effectively utilize water to maximize its output is a challenge which needs to be solved to protect water supply and conservation. Partnering with Nysunworks, Gina Argento has helped sponsor innovative hydroponic technology education to the next generation. Teaching students to use only a fraction of traditional farming methods, hydroponic technology maximizes water resources by reducing water for crop production by up to 90% less water than conventional farming.

Wildlife:
Essential to the preservation of the natural ecosystem, wildlife populations such as local bird species are indicative of the quality of New York City landscapes. However, urbanization threats to destroy and hinder growth of our native bird species. Hoping to protect New York City wildlife, Gina Argento has partnered with the New York City Audubon to jointly improve and prioritize the safety of New York wildlife. The integrity of wildlife is necessary to the revitalization and the conservation of local landscapes across the five boroughs.

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Gina Argento, President of Broadway Stages, joins Nysunworks at its Annual Youth Conference

Broadway Stages Gina Argento envisions a future of green education and sustainable energy in New York City. Inspired to promote the exploration of green energy options, Gina Argento partnered with NYSunWorks(NYSW) to promote use of sustainable energy and environmental stewardship.

The 6th Annual Youth Conference held by NYSW highlights student scientific achievement through self-conducted scientific research. The conference encourages students from grades 5 through 12 to participate in green energy research and share their findings amongst peers across NYC and New Jersey. The conference empowers students with the responsibility to inspire one another to take action for a greener planet by expressing the need for renewable energy and resources.

The Annual Youth Conference acts as a platform for Climate Change Advisors such as Anthony Annett from the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. Helping endorse future environmental friendly solutions, Annett offers intimate knowledge and depth on the subjects of climate change and renewable energy that are open to student curiosity.

As a sponsor the NYSW Youth Conference, Gina wants to inspire young minds to think about the well-being of our planet. By teaching the fundamental scientific principles related to sustainable research, students can develop ecological habits that will positively affect their surrounding environments.

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Forte New York Chamber Music Series sponsored by President Gina Argento

Gina Argento, President of Broadway Stages, sponsors the Master Series concert presented by Forte New York Chamber Music Series (FNCM) with renowned violinist Ian Swensen and artistic Director Vicky Hyunjin Lee. The FNCM project, created by Fractured Atlas and sponsored by Gina Argento, hopes to inspire a generation of world-class classical chamber music in New York City communities across the metropolitan area. 

Forte New York Chamber Music Series offers New York's most talented young musicians the rare opportunity to showcase their musical genius atop a world stage. Focused on refining and improving upon some of the world's youngest orchestral protégées under the artistic vision of violinist Vicky HyunJin Lee, FNCM is an institution with the mission to continuously improve instrumental techniques and orchestral harmony. 

The FNCMS presents young instrumentalist with 10 concerts each season to collectively harmonize their artistic talents on stage at the New York Presbyterian Church in front of live audiences. Created as a community based organization, FNCMS classical concerts seek to expose a wide range of audiences the beauty of classical notes by providing free admissions and parking to all curious of or find enjoyment in a evening of classical indulgence.

Believing in the importance of musical expression and the opportunity of young talents to creatively study their passions, Gina Argento seeks to improve musical apprenticeship and encourage young musicians to purse their dreams. To help provide the next generation of musicians to do so, Gina hopes her contributions will allow more young creatives the opportunity to showcase their passion in a front of a live audience setting that is otherwise hard to come by. 

Join Gina and Broadway Stages by donating to help young expectional musical geniuses the opportunity to bring brilliant performances to the you and the New York City community! Remember to stop by and enjoy a showing for yourself if you haven't already, its Free!

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Don't Miss Master of None Season 2 Premiere on Netflix!

Starring hit comedian Aziz Ansari Masters of None Season Two is set to premiere at midnight launching May 12th! The second installment continues to follow the journey of aspiring actor Dev(Aziz Ansari) with his three friends Arnold Bauhesier(Eric Wareheim), Brian Cheng(Kelvin Yu), and Denise(Lena Waithe) while pursing his love interest Rachel(Noel Wells).

The Netflix original series has scored positive reviews from NY Post writer Andrea Morabito calling "Master of None to have perfected its recipe for success: it will make you laugh, think and crave a plate of pasta." Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stones calls it "one of the year's most bold and moving TV moments, with Ansari pitching in as a support player." And Broadway Stages Gina Argento assures "its going to be amazing!"

Make sure to tune in and stream directly to your devices from Netflix at midnight for the second installment of the Emmy Award winning premiere of Master of None!

President Gina Argento receives Top 31 Award at Staten Island Economic Development Corporation Business Conference!

Broadway Stages‘ President Gina Argento attends the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation(SIEDC) Business Conference to be recognized for her efforts in the upcoming Staten Island Stages at the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility. The transformation of the old prison will bring about positive benefits and economic activity. Set to create new 5 sound stages that will attract film production companies who will spend locally and gather local talent, the soon to come Staten Island Stages will operate as a hub of economic activity to boost local Staten Island communities and businesses.

The SIEDC recognizes Gina Argento’s, President of Brooklyn based Broadway Stages, endeavor to transform the unused Arthur Kill Correctional Facility into a sound stage production location for the benefit of the Staten Island economy. Attending the 19th Annual SIEDC Business Conference, Gina’s continued commitment to Staten Island is congratulated with one of the Top 31 Awards, which commends 31 businessmen and businesswomen who look to bring positive change to Staten Island.

The event was covered by NY1 which comments on the Arthur Kill development, citing support from Staten Island Borough President James Oddo that “Every time you hear a director say action, that means there is economic activity happening.”

Broadway Stages is excited for Staten Island Stages that will come to the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility and positive economic exposure it will experience through the film industry. We look forward to coming to Staten Island!

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