What to do when exploring City Island in the Bronx

New York City has its own version of a small New England village in the Bronx.

City Island, the 1.5-mile-long island that juts out into the Long Island Sound, is a hidden gem that is a perfect summer day trip destination. It’s easily walked from point to point and contains a number of small businesses and quaint homes that make you feel like you’re not in New York City anymore.

Native City Islanders refer to themselves as “clam diggers,” while non-natives are affectionately called “mussel suckers.” The island was home primarily to oyster harvesters and shipbuilders in the 1800s, and in 1896 residents voted to leave Westchester County and join New York City. During World Wars I and II, the island was a hub for the fabrication of minesweepers and tugboats. The ship-making legacy would eventually lead to the construction of seven America’s Cup-winning yachts, according to cityisland.com.

We spent the day wandering City Island to bring you some can’t-miss spots for your first (or next) visit.