City Island

“City Island resounds in the hearts of its residents.” So begins the introduction to the book, City Island and Orchard Beach, by Catherine A. Scott.

Initially known as Minnewits, Great Minneford, or Minnefers (after local Native Americans), the text goes on to note, it was named “City Island” following an unsuccessful development plan by Benjamin Palmer to build a city around a seaport.  City Island would rise to fame as a leader in boat manufacturing and gained international recognition for the victorious yachts it produced for the America’s Cup races.

Today, the Island retains its nautical character, as it nurtures a community of artists, and a home for unique shops and spaces, restaurants with delicious seafood and cuisine from around the world, galleries, antique stores, cafes, and service enterprises

(Photo left from the City Island Nautical Museum)

City Island History

A group of people sing at the City Island Arts and Crafts Fair - Photo: Rick DeWitt
Welcome to a look back at City Island’s rich history, as well as a view of current news and events from City Island today. The City Island Chamber of Commerce gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the City Island Nautical Museum to this page’s “look back” at City Island.


City Island Community

A group of people sing at the City Island Arts and Crafts Fair - Photo: Rick DeWitt

Business Community

Various old items in a store window at night.

City Island is home to a rich community of businesses, shops, restaurants, galleries, and more. This is a list of all businesses on or connected to City Island.  Member businesses are highlighted in bold type (along with honorary member organizations and groups) with a link to their information in our Member Directory.

View City Island Business List



Visiting City Island

A blue sign with white and gold lettering reading "Welcome to City Island."

Driving Directions

We are approximately 5 miles east of the Bronx Zoo and Botanical Gardens on Pelham Parkway. Use exit 8B from Interstate 95 (I-95), or exit 3 from Hutchinson River Parkway. For GPS use City Island Avenue, zip-code 10464.

From Midtown Manhattan

Take the RFK, (Triboro) bridge to The Bronx. Take the Bruckner Expressway north to the New England Thruway (I-95 North) to exit 8B ” Orchard Beach/ City Island, Follow signs through Pelham Bay Park to City Island.

From Westchester County

Take the Hutchinson River Parkway south to exit 3, or I-95 South to exit 8B, Follow signs through Pelham Bay Park to City Island.

Mass Transit

From Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens take the #6 train (Lexington Ave line) north to Pelham Bay Park (For a faster trip take the #4 or #5 express trains to 125th St, and cross the platform to the #6 Pelham Bay train.) and transfer to the #29 bus marked City Island. Approximately 45-55 mins. from midtown.

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