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A sign welcomes visitors to City Island in the Bronx.

You Won't Believe You're in New York on this Island with a Long Nautical History

Separated from the mainland of the Bronx by Long Island Sound, City Island's history is wrapped up in the surrounding waters. Today it is popular with boaters and seafood-loving day trippers.

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At a Glance

  • Local lingo: Native City Islanders are "clamdiggers," while residents born elsewhere are considered "mussel suckers."
  • Water works: Between 1935 and 1980, eight 12-meter yachts built on City Island were contenders for the America's Cup; five of these were defenders in seven America's Cup campaigns.
  • Big screen: A stately Queen Anne–style house here was featured in the film Long Day's Journey into Night and as the Tenenbaums' summer home in The Royal Tenenbaums.

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About City Island

City Island may be the most idiosyncratic neighborhood in New York: a New England fishing village dropped into the Long Island Sound off the eastern coast of the Bronx. With only one bridge connecting the island to the mainland, City Island's relative isolation has helped it maintain its nautical, small-town character. Once settled by oystermen, shipbuilders and fishermen, City Island today is home to approximately 4,500 New Yorkers, many of whom earn their living in Manhattan or nearby Read More [+]

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