Closer Than You Think: Places to visit on City Island

- City Island is a small community in the Bronx, surrounded by the Long Island Sound and Eastchester Bay. The vibe is a lot more Cape Cod than New York City.

The area has always been known for its grand Victorian homes, like one called the Schofield House. Built in 1840, this landmark is the oldest home on the island.

City Island Avenue is the neighborhood's main thoroughfare. That's where you'll find Lickety Split, a sweet old ice cream shop. You'll also find 239 Play, a store jam-packed with unique items from decades gone by. I fell in love with some old telephones that were actually real samples.

For almost a century, yachts built on City Island raced in and won the America's Cup. You check out the island's nautical history at the City Island Nautical Museum.

As you can imagine, in these parts seafood rules. One of the most popular places to get it is Sammy's Fish Box. Around since the 1960s, this restaurant stays packed. From lobster and crab legs to fried calamari and soft shell crab, if it comes from the sea you'll find it on the menu.

If you want to stay for the weekend, your best bet is renting a home on Airbnb. We found a listing for $107 a night.

Whatever you do, don't leave City Island without hitting the water for a little fun in the sun. New York Sailing Center offers courses in sailing, navigation and more.

City Island is a taste of New England in the Bronx.

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