Founder of Broadway Stages and partner of the Kingsland Wildflower Project Tony Argento believes that you cannot put a price on the natural environment and strives to personally protect resources. When asked by the Brooklyn Eagle about the enormous cost for foundational engineering, soil and water bedding, and roofing, Tony says, "just look around you."
As a business owner in Greenpoint, Tony is familiar with the importance of the Newtown Creek to the Greenpoint community. While looking for ways to protect the natural integrity of the area for generations to come, Tony was more than happy to commit financial resources, roof space, and personal time to the Kingsland Wildflowers Project.
Having initially committed 22,000 square feet of space in roofing for the project, Tony has already pledged an additional 10,000 square feet for the green space to expand. The extra space adds to the area that is already inhabited by flowers, insects, and birds. More green roofing also absorbs more rainwater that benefits the Newtown Creek because "it prevents rainwater from flowing into the storm drains and overflowing the Creek." When the additional 20,000 square feet are completed, the project will more than double its environmental impact.
Since 2015, the Kingsland Wildflowers Project brought together preservationists from Broadway Stages, Alive Structures, the NYC Audubon, and Trout in the Classroom to restore and revitalize the Newtown Creek area for Brooklynites. And only two years later, 10,000 square feet of open garden space is completed with 20,000 more square feet set to be completed in the following years to come. Stick around for more to come!