City Island is a small community at the edge of New York City located just beyond Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx and surrounded by the waters of the Long Island Sound and Eastchester Bay.
Originally inhabited by the Siwanoy Indians. City Island was first established as an English settlement in 1685. Ideally situated to supply schooners traveling between Manhattan and points north, the island became an important shipping building and yachting center during the 18th and 19th centuries.
The two world wars brought about a conversion from yacht building to the construction of submarine chasers, P. T. Boats, landing crafts, tugs, and mine sweepers. City Island also became the site of a quarantine station, as well as the Hell's Gate pilot station.
I would tell you to go to see Tavern on the Green at night when the trees are lit up and the whole city is reflected in its windows.
Fondest memory: Walking through Times Square at night. The lights, the people, the smells, are intoxicating and it is all wonderfully overwhelming.