City Island Travel Guide

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    Bridge onto the island
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    Crab Feast for 2
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City Island Things to Do

  • How about a little City Island Nautical...

    Many a schoolchild has wandered and wondered throughout this museum. It has undergone several changes on the outside but remains a home to many local artifacts.If you are visiting City Island a stop by the museum is supposed to be a must see. I haven't been, however my mom was a museum curator and I have an allergy to all things musty... Ok, I'll...

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  • Whats an island without a dive shop

    Diving in the Atlantic off of NYC is not my idea of fun, but... If you are game here is Captain Mike's dive shop. The shop has almost anything you could ask for and can order what they don't have. Check him out if you want to dive local or tag along on one of their dive trips.

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  • The City Island Museum

    The City Island Museum is located in one of the area's most picturesque historic buildings, the old Public School 17 built in 1897 on a former Indian burial ground at one of the highest points on the Island. When the people of City Island voted in 1896 to separate from Westchester County and to become part of New York City, the city fathers built...

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City Island Restaurants

  • Crab Feast for Two

    The Crab Shanty is a little hole in the wall place on City Island. There food here is incredibly good. We come here often and love their food; it's a favorite place of us and our family. The portions are big and the prices are reasonable. I have never had a bad meal here.The restaraunt has a smal dining room with large booths on both sides. In the...

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  • Seafood Party

    This was my first time to the Lobster House and it was pretty good. We were here for a Jack & Jill Shower (I had never heard of this before but it;s a guy and girl wedding shower). I was up for it when I heard seafood was involved or I might have stayed home to watch baseball instead. We were in a seperate room of the restaurant with a glass...

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  • A Good Choice for Non- Seafood Eaters

    Artie's is another good restuarant on City Island. It's right on City Island Avenue right before the Crab Shanty on the left side of the street. Artie's is a nice sized place with a small bar area as you enter and two dining areas. Artie's is the place we eat when Rob is with us. He does not eat seafood and at Artie's their menu has plenty of...

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  • Expensive but Good

    The food here is expensive but good. They have excellent King Crab legs and a hot antipasti platter. They give you huge portions of food that you always wind up with a doggie bag or two. Liz and I came here for an special dinner and loved the food. I had never been here before so I trusted her recomendation. King Crab Legs!

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  • Seafood, seafood and you guessed it.....

    In the summertime, City Island is bustling with hungry beachgoers from nearby Orchard Beach and people driving in just for the seafood. There are many places of all price ranges, and types on CI but seafood is by far the menu option of popular choice. All are fine. Try eating your way from one end to the other. Of course doing this in one day may...

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  • Favorite place for Sunday Brunch

    The Black Whale is a local favorite. While the tourists all gravitate towards the seafood restaurants the locals all pile in here to grab a seat out back on the patio. The brunch buffet on Sunday offers the usual fare with unusual flare.The back patio offers a nice cool respite for those escaping traffic and crowds or just wanting to enjoy good...

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City Island Transportation

  • The walk in

    There are several walking tours throughout the city. City Island is a popular route for both walking tours and bicycle tours. There is only one road onto the island. Try coming in on the bike/walk/rollerblade path. The path goes all through Pelham Bay Park and comes right up to City Island. Walk for your health and then sit down to fried shrimp and...

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  • City Island is located in Long...

    City Island is located in Long Island Sound, and is easily accessible by public transportation and local highways. If you're coming from Manhattan's East Side:Take the FDR Drive to the Triboro Bridge. Turn onto the Bruckner Expressway. Stay on 95 North to Exit 8B, 'City Island.' Take a right after the drawbridge (there is a sign) and take the...

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City Island Shopping

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    The infamous avenue

    by smyturn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are quite a few shops worth popping in and having a look about. There is a photo gallery that also sells jewelry, local craft and international treasures [Focal Point], a unique sandwich shop that also sells artwork and handcrafted jewelry [Starving Artist], and numerous antique shops.

    Enjoy a walk down the avenue and go into the shops. Half of the fun is talking to the shop owners. You may miss something that will bring a lifetime of pleasure simply because you didn't just walk in and say hello.

    What to buy: Nautical themed items are in abundance, but you can find anything from Tibetan prayer bells to old vinyl records and the victrola to play them on.

    What to pay: This is NY and prices won't be basement bargains. Negotiating isn't common but if you're making a large purchase go for it.

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City Island Warnings and Dangers

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    by cjg1 Written May 18, 2009

    When the weather gets warm; City Island gets packed. The streets are crowded, the traffic backs up and the wait in the restaurants can be unbearable. For this reason we avoid City Island in the summer months. We live close enough to enjoy City Island the rest of the year and not have to fight traffic and lines of people.

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City Island Favorites

  • City Island is a small...

    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...

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  • I would tell you to go to see...

    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. Walking through Times Square at night. The lights, the people, the smells, are intoxicating and it is all wonderfully overwhelming.

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