Before the heat dissipates, make sure you spend a day in the city’s own little island in the sun. City Island is a doable day trip: Barely 1-and-a-half miles long and a half-mile wide, you can easily stroll the length of the island. Adding to its ideal nature are a host of shops, stands and seafood stops along City Island Avenue, the main drag.
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.
Find your sealegs at City Island Nautical Museum
Cool off at Lickety Split Ice Cream
Antique at Early Ruth
Get nostalgic at 239 Play
Clam it up at Johnny's Reef
Party with the seagulls of Belden Point
Dinner and drink(s) at Sammy's
Cap the night at Starving Artist Cafe