little bit of Nantucket in the Bronx"
|It's hard to look anywhere on City Island
without seeing sailboat masts - even looking at a street sign from the
first bus stop!
Long appreciated as New York's "Out Island,"
City Island enjoys a unique confluence of maritime heritage and community
flavor. It's only minutes away by car, but you'll forget how geographically
close it is as you lose yourself in this isolated little village.
One of New York's most important seaports,
City Island was the traditional birthplace of America's Cup racing yachts
for quite some time. While no longer home to this increasingly sophisticated
enterprise, one can still find smaller scale shipbuilding projects in evidence.
A number of boatyards specialize in major repairs, renovations and fine
Sounds nice, but why
is it the best place to learn?
|The Island is home to five yacht clubs
(ours included) with mostly sailboats on the membership rosters.
The Eastchester Bay Yacht Racing Association (EBYRA) conducts Wednesday
night and Sunday afternoon series that range from relaxed and friendly
to highly competitive. Our peak-season launch hours are set up to
accomodate members' participatation in the series.
|There's a full-service dive shop with
PADI certification training. Two full-service sailmaking lofts.
An underwater contractor with hyperbaric chamber. Numerous antique
shops. There's CIAO (City Island Arts Organization), with a storefront
gallery and special exhibition events. A French
Bed & Breakfast with fine dinner Wednesday through Sunday (discount
on weekday accomodations available for our customers).
Several small but interesting museums also
inhabit the Island, such as the North Wind Underwater Institute (seen at
right), a short walk from New York Sailing Center & Yacht Club
|Several churches make the Island their
home. Their spires even provide navigational landmarks which you
can learn how to use in some of our courses, especially Start
City Island is famous for its seafood restaurants,
which draw patrons from all over the Tri-State area. An exciting
recent addition is Le Refuge Inn, a bed &
breakfast, which is an annex to the Zagat surveyed location on New York's
Upper East Side. (Le Refuge serves dinner Wednesday - Sunday nights,
and reservations are strongly suggested.)
These practical necessities are just around
the corner from our facility: