City Island

Lonely Planet review

About 15 miles and a world away from midtown Manhattan, City Island is one of New York’s most surprising neighborhoods. Founded by the English in 1685, the 1.5-mile-long fishing community juts into the Long Island Sound and Eastchester Bay, connected to the mainland by a causeway. The Victorian clapboard houses here definitely look more New England than the Bronx, and the island is filled with boat slips, half a dozen yacht clubs and some rowdy seafood restaurants – notably Tony’s Pier (1 City Island Ave), which fries everything but the cocktails. If you’re serious about diving, sailing or fishing, head to City Island. Island Current leads fishing tours all year (from $65) and sunset tours. Captain Mike’s Dive Shop (530 City Island Ave) offers two-tank dive trips in the Long Island Sound or the ocean from May through November (from $90). Regular dives are scheduled weekends and some weeknights. The City Island Chamber of Commerce has information on area services.