Broadway Stages works to save beloved local deli in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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Broadway Stages has long been committed to local businesses, believing that it’s important to promote local vendors and to do whatever possible to keep our mom-and-pop shops around.   One of Greenpoint's beloved neighborhood establishments, the Park Deli run by Krystyna Godawa for the last 11 years, is among Broadway Stages' favorites for breakfast, lunch, catering or just a quick snack.  

Unfortunately the neighborhood deli may be forced to relocate due to a 100 percent rent increase.  However, long time patron Gina Argento, Co-owner and President of Broadway Stages, has been trying to help Krystyna keep her doors open for the Greenpoint community, offering to help pay half of the rent increase.  While the landlord denied the patron-sponsored financing plan, Gina is committed to find an alternative location for the Park Deli.  

"We’re working to find a new spot in Greenpoint  because we want her to remain a staple in the community," says Gina. 

To read the full article covered by the Brooklyn Paper click here

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The film and tv industry encompasses an extensive list of jobs and specializations broken down by department functions. To help those interested in the industry to better gauge the depth and magnitude of the film and tv industry, Broadway Stages created a short and informational brochure differentiating the most common job opportunities for those interested. Professionals in the field can be arranged into three general departments including Production, Creative, and Camera. Broadway Stages has helped arranged the most common titles in the industry into one of the three general departments and a short description of each job. As you can see is a great number of jobs titles, while on on set, the general sweep of talents required for a singular film can easily reach into hundreds with some titles shared by more than one individual.
For the full Brochure, click the on the link below to see the full images:

Broadway Stages Brochure

Sustainability in Brooklyn Communities

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Community sustainability allows businesses and independents to operate within their neighborhoods with a positive outcome that benefits the whole local ecosystem. Actions such as purchasing or servicing work locally helps boost local economic activity of the neighborhood. By doing so, we only stand to positively benefit our community and make Brooklyn even stronger!

For that reason, Broadway Stages has always understood the value of and kept true to the sustainability of local Brooklyn communities. Over the course of 30 years, we have sourced as many of our business essential from local Brooklyn shops, contractors, and services ranging from stationary to construction because we believe in the quality of our neighborhood craftsmanship and reliability of their services.

To thank the incredible relationship between ourselves and the Brooklyn Community, Broadway Stages arranges year round events that are free for all members of the community. It is common to see Broadway Stages sponsored events in the form of block parties, to celebrate the amazing community, or educational events, to foster creative and critical thinking in students. Our events can be seen throughout different Greenpoint all the way to Brighton Beach. We are proud members of the Brooklyn community and will not stop doing what we can for Brooklyn. As our saying goes we are "Made in Brooklyn."

Hydroponic Learning!

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The popularity of hydroponic systems has exploded over the past few years, with more New Yorkers beginning their very own experiences in the revolutionary urban agricultural era. The demand for fresh and higher quality produce by urban dwellers has helped drive the innovation and technology in designing urban hydroponic systems. Hydroponic systems solve traditional obstacles of large scale agriculture by reimagining ways to utilize space, water, and nutrient for plants. One of the advantage of hydroponic farming is that it consumes up to 90% less water than traditional agricultural methods. The systems resembles connected channels in which nutrient rich water flow through and allow for plants to absorb.

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Sharing the enthusiasm for the hydroponic movement is Gina Argento, President of Broadway Stages. When first introduced to the concept, Gina was ecstatic to learn how she could help the younger generation aware of the amazing innovations in healthier agriculture. Her search lead her to partner with Nysunworks, an organization that works with educational institutions to educate young scholars about hydroponic systems, solar energy, and fish farms. Since 2016, Gina Argento has worked with Nysunworks by sponsoring various events and donations to promote its educational programs. Working with Nysunworks has helped made it possible for dozens of school across the five boroughs to have hydroponic system learning labs. Under the name, Project Greenhouse, the hydroponic labs come fully equipped with modern tech and process for growing plants. Students are able to learn hands on with each one of them monitoring and nurturing their very own plant using the hydroponic system. The best part of the whole partnership as summed up by students that the whole process allows for exploring with their own hands! As long as the students are excited, Gina says she is excited to help continuing support Nysunworks and its green education!

Solar Power Prepared!

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Summer will be in full swing within the month!

With that in mind, Broadway Stages would like to share how we are utilizing the natural solar output of the sun to power our sound stage operations. As a green leader in New York’s Film and TV soundstage companies, Broadway Stages has always been on the lookout to be a sustainable energy consumer in our environment. Following the installation of dozens of solar panels above our sound stages, our solar energy consumption has helped tremendously offset our electrical demands from traditional power grids.

During peak summer months, electrical energy output is at its highest with a majority of the solar energy converted for use by lighting, heat, and air conditioning. These energy demanding outputs would general place a great strain on our electric consumption, however, through the use of solar energy systems, Broadway Stages is partly self sustainable. In fact, the decreased draw on the power grid has an overall positive effect on the environment by reducing our reliance on carbon emitted energy resources. This only continues to benefit the environment and natural biomes.

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Having made a portion of our electrical needs to solar energy, we encourage you to lead your community and do the same! The experience of producing your own power feels amazing. On one hand the energy is directly from the sun and on the other you are in control of your power production. It is a win-win situation and now is the perfect time to make the switch as summer approaches close by. So join us in being solar!

Earth Day 2018!

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Welcome to Earth Day 2018!

It has been over 365 days of energy saving, water consciousness, and active environmental contributions by you and your community! For a quick recap lets talk about some of the things that has helped make this Earth Day incredible! This year the U.S has increased solar and wind generation projects, while simultaneously decreasing non-renewal energy projects such as coal. These projects produce positive benefits by reducing carbon emission released the air, over decreasing the greenhouse effect affect global temperature increases. The air will additionally be more cleared of dangerous chemical pollutants usually the byproduct of  coal plants known to pose dangerous environmental and health hazards.

And most importantly, global citizens are making it a trend to be green through social media! This year has come around to be the most successfully holistic and unified effort of global citizens in becoming environmentally conscious. From here on out, the progressive movement toward a global system of energy responsibility is one step closer to making non-renewal energy sources obsolete.

To encourage and continue the Earth Day celebration, Broadway Stages will share some more tips and tricks to help encourage a greener environment:

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  1. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle…. And Repair!
    Everyone knows the 3R’s Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle but not many people know its cousin Repair. Repairing goods instead of replacing them can significantly reduce your footprint and save you extra costs. For example, buying durable goods will last longer than poorly made or lower quality items which need to be replaced more often.
  2. Start the Compost Station!
    A large percentage of most trash in U.S households are denoted to organic compounds and foods which can be composted. It is time to start considering the benefits of composting. Composting relieves your trashcan of most of its weight and size. Key benefits include replacing your trash bags less often and fertile soil for the basis of your gardening needs!
  3. Keep the paper in the trees!
    With modern day technologies, paper, though still being produced, can easily be made obsolete by writing on tablets or other electronic alternatives. As deforestation continues destroy whole ecosystems, global citizens need to help protect our precious forests and trees. So next time you are thinking of writing down anything, make an effort to less no paper trails!

Earth Day Water Awareness

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The Earth is covered in over 70% by water, however only 2.5% of that is fresh water. Spread between a majority of it locked away in glacier ice, which is melting at a rapid rate, the rest from underground and ground level lakes sources, humans have access of less than 1% of all water on Earth. With the small finite water reserves that we possess, it is imperative that we learn to not waste any of it!

To help you save water and our planet here are some tips to conserve water:

  1. Turn off the Tap!
    Remember to turn off the tap to stop the water from running. Whether it is brushing your teeth, cleansing your face, or washing the dishes, don't forget to turn off the tap when the water is not in use.
  2. Flash Shower!
    Shower like the Flash. When showering try to conserve as much water by showering as quickly as possible. Save your singing routine for another time.
  3. Buy WaterSense approved appliances!
    Like Energy Star products, WaterSense approved appliances are tested for water efficiency rather than electricity. In fact, WaterSense appliance save on average 20% or more water than traditional appliances.

Next time you are using water keep these tips in mind, a small effort will go a long way!

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Earth Day Only 1 Week Away!

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Earth Day is only 1 week away!

The Earth, more than 4.5 billion years old, has supported 8 million species with many more to be discovered. The magnificent Mother Earth has cultivated incredible biomes and environments with beautiful sceneries that have lasted billions of years.

Lets help Mother Earth continue to live in environmental prosperity by each doing our part to keep her healthy this Earth Day.

One of the best ways to contribute back to nature is to start gardening! Its time to start increasing your green footprint right in your backyard. Simply planting vegetation or trees in your own backyard can have a tremendous positive effect on the local environment. Known to recycle the carbon dioxide in the air, plant can help increase your green footprint by produce cleaner more oxygen air while depleting carbon dioxide in the air. Your actions in unison with your fellow neighbors and New Yorkers will accumulate into a significant real world impact if everyone does their part!

Planting in your garden is as easy as a 3 step process! All you have to do is dig, plant, and water! Its that simple. What are you waiting for, go help save the Earth today!

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YMCA Summer Camp Around the Corner!

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Summer is rolling in right around the corner!

The YMCA offers an amazing summer experience for youths in the New York area! From sports to the arts, YMCA offers a wide variety of specially designed youth camps to engage a range of educational interests. Open to all families across the five boroughs, YMCA operates 11 camps each with specific designations based on location, age, and activity. Enrichment activities spread through the day for the children include group activities while focusing on healthy living habits such as daily nutrition and keeping active. With many activities and even more friends to be made, YMCA summer camp will bring many memories to your children and family. 

A proud supporter of the YMCA, Gina Argento of Broadway Stages, encourages families to enroll in their children into the summer camp program! As a financial contributor the YMCA, Gina is among the community members whom help supplement or secure funding for families qualified for financial support. Her contributions toward supporting local families is part of her efforts to reinvest in local community members,  always acknowledging the importance of community cohesion. With that in mind, you can be assured that Gina and fellow community contributor want your family and children to experience an amazing summer with YMCA!

OHEL and Broadway Stages for the Community

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For over 40 years, Ohel has created and grown into an extraordinary community of committed families and individuals that seek to provide care, support, nurture, and love to children and families in need. The Ohel organization recognizes the immense challenges of emotional and mental health of all ages addressing needs including foster care, mental health care, disability care, and educational training. The plethora of care programs for Ohel members seek to ensure each unique case of care is appropriately addressed and each person is cared for. Most notably, the organization is responsible for organizing Camp Kaylie, a fully integrated sleep-away camp for young campers in the Catskills Mountains. The groundbreaking program cultivates peer relationships, personal development, and self-confidence in young leaders. In fact, Ohel has been able to properly serve over 120,000 combined individuals and families with the help of community volunteers and staff between all its programs.

Grateful for Ohel's incredible dedication and commitment to improving the well-beings of community members, Gina Argento, President of Broadway Stages, supports Ohel and its programs by financial contributions. Gina wishes to grow the ever increasing number of 120,000 families and individuals receiving Ohel services to positively affect their lives to even greater numbers. The partnership between Gina and Ohel will continue to grow with the unification of both partners only leading to an even greater positive impact of many more New Yorker families and lives.

Broadway Stages : Brooklyn's Premier Sound Stage

Broadway Stages has been in New York’s Film and TV industry for almost half a century, with decades amazing experience delivering quality sound stages and superior service to our amazing clients, including:

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Similar to our commitment to our clients, Broadway Stages shares the same sentiment towards the Greenpoint community, where we are operate. With Brooklynites in mind, Broadway Stages established Greenpoint’s Rooftop Farm, the first public accessible urban farm in North Brooklyn.

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What began as a small project quickly spread around the neighborhood like wildfire, with dozens of visitors now learning about urban agriculture and purchasing locally grown fresh produce. Amazed with the turnout of events, Broadway Stages only looked to continue investing in projects that improve Greenpoint’s quality of life.

 

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As Brooklyn premier sound stage, Broadway Stages will continue to serve the Greenpoint community with sentiment and conduct that mirror the relationship to our clients. We seek always try to improve and reinvest into Greenpoint’s community for the ultimate benefit of the community. We hope to lead by example for other by treating our clients and our community with the same respect and dedication!

Staten Island Children's Museum

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The Staten Island Children’s Museum is truly a museum specifically tailored with children in mind. The museum is designed with many moving parts that allow students to experience hands on engagement in its various exhibits that range from board games, arts and crafts, playhouses, and job exhibitions! Unlike other museums, children at the SICM are encouraged to test and experience the different exhibits, each with purpose of expanding their general knowledge of the world.

Supporting the preservation of this unique learning experience is Gina Argento, CEO of Broadway Stages. Gina agrees that learning can be fun and educational at the same time! To continue the wonderful experience that students can receive at the SICM, Gina contributes donations to subsidize operating costs for the various exhibits in the museum. Her support to ensure the SICM can continue to operate and stay open for New York students is part of her larger mission to enhance educational access to all students. She hopes her contributions at SICM can inspire those around her to support her endure to provide free educational access or educational opportunities!