Spotlight on Staten Island - Crain’s New York Business

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In this week’s edition of Crain’s New York Business you’ll find an article about the growth being experienced on Staten Island. Read the article here [go to page 15 - SPOTLIGHT] which includes a quote by our own Gina Argento, President and CEO of Broadway Stages.  

In 2017 Broadway Stages acquired the former Arthur Kill Correctional Facility in the Charleston section of Staten Island; shuttered in 2011.  Plans are underway to transform the 69-acre campus into a mecca for the production of movies, television shows and music videos. The property provides amazing backdrops for interior and exterior filming that can be easily transformed. One of five planned sound stages has been completed with others under construction or in the planning phase.  The prison facility has already been used by major Hollywood production companies for its authenticity and real “prison feel”, including shows and films like Orange is the New Black, Daredevil, Oceans 8, The Blacklist, Pose, and more recently, the TV mini series Wu Tang: An American Saga, and When They See Us. There are endless possibilities with this space. It even provides adequate parking for all the trailers and equipment needed for filming, and we furnish free shop space to the United Scenic Artists, Local 829 for their three year apprenticeship program.  We love our neighbors in Staten Island and look forward to continued mutual growth.  



Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month || September 15 - October 15

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Hispanics are considered the largest ethnic minority in the United States (U.S.) and make up almost 28 percent of the population in NYC, making an amazing impact with their esprit-de-corps and joie-de-vivre (pardon our French but these words say it all).   No doubt this type of representation deserves some attention. 

From September 15 through October 15, we recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month, with celebrations that honor the heritage and contributions made by members of the Hispanic community.  What began in September 1968 as a week-long celebration first declared by presidential proclamation by Lyndon Johnson, was in 1988 expanded to a full month with legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Esteban Torres of California under the Reagan Administration.  The 15th of September marks the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua and kicks off the festivities, followed by independence celebrations across Latin America from week to week, commemorating each Country’s independence.  Here in the U.S. we take the opportunity to recognize the abundant history, culture and contributions of all Hispanic Americans. 

In NYC, like in no other city, we respect, appreciate and celebrate our differences, and the value we each bring with our diverse experiences and cultures.  At Broadway Stages we too celebrate the distinguishing characteristics that make us all unique. The diversity among our staff, clients, shows, films and community has provided us with a wealth of insight that is invaluable and enriching.  We invite you to join us in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. You can find information about local NYC celebrations here and here.  To learn more about the history of the observance and other resources click on this link.

4th Annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival | September 21

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The 4th annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival will take place on Saturday, September 21 at the Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof and Community Engagement Center located at 520 Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint, from 2:00 - 6:00 pm. We have an incredible lineup of unique organizations and artists coming together to celebrate Greenpoint as a hub of environmental sustainability and art. The event is free and open to the public but you are encouraged to register. In addition to performances and tours of the green rooftop, there will be family friendly fun activities and educational opportunities.  

We are also excited to announce that this year Broadway Stages has partnered with Greenpoint Innovations (GPI) who have lead the effort to paint a mural on our building at 520 Kingsland, in recognition of Climate Week NYC 2019 that runs from September 23 - 29. GPI has also launched a new initiative, Greenpoint Earth (GPE) that will serve as the company’s creative hub for ‘art plus purpose’ projects to raise awareness about climate change and nature based solutions. To learn more about the GPE initiative click here.  


Information about the festival and how to register is available here. Take a look at the photo gallery below to see how artists @DanielleBNKYC and @LexiBellaart are transforming our wall into a work of art. The mural will be unveiled to the public during the Festival at 3:00 pm. Please join us for a day of fun and adventure on our green rooftop

Eagle St. Rooftop Farm Market and Volunteer Day | September 14

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Come on over to our facility at 44 Eagle Street in Greenpoint on Saturday, September 14 from 1 pm to 4 pm and enjoy the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm market and volunteer day. Purchase fresh, organic produce, enjoy the garden and the view. For more information about the event check out Facebook or visit their website at www.rooftopfarms.org. Broadway Stages is proud to support urban farming. By providing our rooftop as a green and growing garden we are able to help advance ecosystem services that are critical to our habitat and our community.

Remembering 9/11

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Today, we remember those who lost their lives during the tragic events of September 11, 2001. We also remember the efforts of the first responders and countless volunteers who came from near and far to help with the rescue, recovery and clean-up of our City. We were honored to join them by providing stage lights to assist with the relief efforts at the World Trade Center. Join us today in pausing for a moment to remember.

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint || September 15, 2019

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It’s back for its ninth year and Broadway Stages is proud to once again be a sponsor of TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint. Join us at East River State Park on Sunday, September 15, to experience Brooklyn’s best! You will be able to sample deliciousness from more than 40 neighborhood restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries, in a block-party setting with live music — powered by Broadway Stages! Who could ask for more?

Get your tickets here. And to learn more about the event click on this link. Cheers!

PitchNY Applications Open | Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Entertainment

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Applications are open for the fourth annual PitchNY event that connects young film directors, producers and writers with mentors from the entertainment industry. Designed to strengthen diverse voices and communities through film and television, this initiative is a partnership between New York State, NBCUniversal and the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI).  Undergraduate and recent graduate students and aspiring filmmakers are invited to apply to participate in PitchNY’s two-day intensive workshop on November 7-8 in New York City. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. (EST) on September 16 so don’t delay. For more information about this year’s PitchNY and how to apply click here.  

At Broadway Stages we promote the inclusion of experiences, talents and culture across our operations, and support efforts to advance opportunities for all in the television and film industry. We applaud New York State, NBCUniversal and the TFI for their efforts to encourage diversity in the arts.

Saving our Bees and Why it Matters

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What’s the buzz all about?  Bees — why do we need them and why does it matter?  As it turns out they do a lot for us and their decline could have a dramatic impact on our world.  Readers Digest reporter Isabelle Tavares tells us why in a recent article, Why the World Needs Honey Bees.  Marni Majorelle, owner and founder of Alive Structures green roofing company, and designer of Kingsland Wildflowers at Broadway Stages, was interviewed to share her expertise about the importance of pollinators and how each one of us can help by transforming whatever green space we have into a natural habitat.  “Majorelle recommends planting native pollinator gardens with species that have ecological relationships with bees. There are tons of beautiful wildflowers that are well adapted to the urban environment that people can put in their gardens, roofs planters, and in mini meadows, Majorelle said.”  

Kingsland Wildflowers and Eagle Street Rooftop Farm are two examples of how we can create a natural habitat right in our own city.  These environmental initiatives help to advance ecosystem services that are critical to habitat and community. And it’s one way that Broadway Stages tries to give back — by using our sound stages to bring mutual value to our operations, our environment and our community.  

We encourage you to read the Readers Digest article about bees and think about what you can do to help save an unsung hero.  

Wu-Tang: An American Saga" Drops on Hulu

Broadway Stages is excited that "Wu-Tang: An American Saga" is finally here, and the first episode airs tonight on Hulu! The 10-part miniseries tracks the influential hip hop group's rise to fame, and much of the series includes scenes filmed at Staten Island Stages earlier this year.

Back in 2014 when we decided to expand to Staten Island and convert the former Arthur Kill Correctional Facility into a full-service production facility, we imagined it being used for a project like this. Filming in an actual former prison brings a layer of realism to true stories like the Wu-Tang Clan's.

Watch "Wu-Tang: An American Saga" carefully and see if you can spot the main entrance of the former prison, as well as the cafeteria and dorms, administration cells, exterior yard, and shooting range. Many of these sets were also used to create a realistic tone on the last season of "Orange Is the New Black" and in Ava DuVernay's critically acclaimed "When They See Us."

Whether or not you are a fan of Method Man, The RZA, Ghostface Killah, or the rest of the clan, you will not want to miss this show. We worked hard to turn an abandoned prison into a world-class sound stage, and we cannot wait to see the results of that hard work on display in Hulu's "Wu-Tang: An American Saga" and other groundbreaking projects.

It’s Back to School in NYC — Time to Dream Big!

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It’s that time of year again when everyone is getting ready for the first day of school.  At Broadway Stages we hope it's an amazing year ahead, and we send best wishes to our teachers, administrators, counselors, PTA’s, staff, volunteers, parents, and of course our students. 

Special thanks to our community leaders [listed below] for organizing events to collect and donate school supplies, and helping to ensure that our students are ready to learn on day one!  Broadway Stages remains committed to supporting education throughout the communities where we operate, and are proud to be among those who were able to donate supplies. To our students across NYC, you’ve got this — dream big, reach for the stars and study hard! 

COMMUNITY LEADERS SUPPORTING EDUCATION

Take a look at our photo gallery to see the various school supplies give away events that we supported across our community.