Amalgamated Wants More Island Business

Speaking enthusiastically of Roosevelt Island, Samantha Berg, Amalgamated Bank’s Executive Vice President in charge of Community Banking says, “We are excited with all the developments on the Island, the Mitchell Lama conversions, the new buildings, Cornell… we see plenty of opportunities. The population of the Island has grown by more than 20% over the past 10 years and is expected to double over the next several.”

Kristi Towey to Head MST&DA

Kristi Towey is the new executive director of the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA). But she isn’t new to the MST&DA. In fact, to hear her tell it, sitting in the renovated theatre, blue eyes shining, it feels kinda like fate.

Former Island Priest Facing Lawsuit

A former Roosevelt Island priest is being sued by eleven parishioners in his current parish, St. Frances de Chantal (SFdC) in the Bronx, and by three parishioners from the Island parish of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (SFXC).

Wildlife Freedom Foundation Formed

In the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, the big hit song, Memory, ends with the line, “…a new day has begun.” The same can be said about a local institution; Island Cats has been reorganized by its co-founder,
Rosanna Ceruzzi, and newly incorporated as Wildlife Freedom Foundation, Inc. WFF now encompasses the rescue and care of all animals, not just cats.

The RIRA Column

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Public service announcement: today is SantaCon. If you don’t want to spend your Saturday weaving through large crowds of tipsy hoodlums, avoid popular City destinations after 10:00 a.m. (although, that could apply to any Saturday between Thanksgiving and, oh, mid-February.) Here are a few activities to get you through the New Year without being street-harassed by a slobbering drunk Santa.

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association should soon address what could ultimately become its number one screaming priority: extension of ground leases past 2068.

Island Library Faces the Future

Nicole Nelson’s favorite read is a book with no pictures. That’s what you might expect, right, from the manager of Roosevelt Island’s library? Did you think maybe she’d be reveling in Marvel comics?

Winter Treasures on Display at Gallery RIVAA

Group shows at the Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association’s Main Street Gallery give local art lovers the chance to appreciate the development of its emerging members’ work as well as the ripened fruits of its veterans. Winter Treasures, which opened November 21 and will run through January, is no exception.

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