City Island in the Bronx is a popular spot for boaters looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of other areas of New York City. Bordered by the Long Island Sound on the south, Eastchester Bay on the west, and City Island Harbor on the east, this boater’s haven is located diagonally opposite Kings Point.
With some resemblance to a New England village, City Island is big on leisure activity and dining. Transient boaters are welcome — check for availability at Barron’s Marina (718-885-9802), City Island Marina (718-885-3001), City Island Yacht Club (718-885-2487), Minneford Marina (718-885-2000), and South Minneford Yacht Club (718-885-3113). Everything in this small destination is walkable from wherever you dock.
The Historical Society’s City Island Nautical Museum, open on weekends, is filled with photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts that share the story of City Island’s rich nautical past. The Nautical Room has locally built skiffs and a Buchman sailing canoe from the 1930s, and the School Room has registers, graduation pictures, autograph books, report cards, and the old school bell from the island’s first schoolhouse, built in 1838. The Walsh Library exhibit room has a database of all boats built on City Island since 1848 and ship models.
The Bartow-Pell Mansion, built between 1836 and 1842, is the last remaining country estate in the area. Visitors will get insight into how a well-to-do family lived two centuries ago, and enjoy formal terraces, fountain, herb and perennial gardens, a 1840s stone carriage house, and changing exhibits.
City Island may appear small on a map but it’s bursting at the seams with restaurants — many offering seafood — along with specialty shops selling ice cream, gelato, and Italian ices.
You can also get your food to go and picnic at Pelham Bay Park, New York City’s largest park. With 13 miles of coastline, salt marshes, forests, and meadows, it’s an ideal place to relax. If you’re up for some activity, visit the 19th century house, the Hunter Island Marine Zoology and Geology Sanctuary, look for local and migratory birds, ride the bike paths, or swim at Orchard Beach. It is the sole public beach in the Bronx, created in 1936 by connecting Hunter Island and Rodman’s Neck with landfill.
For more information: https://cityislandchamber.org/, http://www.cityislandmuseum.org/, http://www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org/, http://pelhambaypark.org/, https://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/beaches, http://www.nycgo.com/venues/hunter-island-marine-zoology-and-geology-sanctuary-pelham.