We are delighted to introduce you to one of the most interesting communities in New York City, City Island, a small island with a rich nautical history. Much of its colorful past is preserved in the Nautical Museum, and during most of the year we are open every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
The Museum will remain closed because of the coronavirus epidemic until further notice and possibly for the rest of the year. In the meantime, we have been hard at work repairing damage in the Community Room, installing new objects in the Nautical Room, and preparing an exhibit of the works of Mark Whitcombe for our Gallery. Work continues on the Oral History Project, which will be launched next year. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-885-0507.
In the meantime, we have posted a brief illustrated history of City Island based on a webinar that was presented on June 15 . A second webinar will be presented on July 1 at 1 p.m. Visit nyadventureclub.com for more information. There is a small fee for admission to the webinar, half of which will be donated to the Nautical Museum.
Visit Facebook for a look at hundreds of photographs of City Island Then and Now, posted by Tom Nye, the museum’s president.
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City Island’s Boat-Building History Exhibit
At the turn of the 20th century, City Island was a major center for wooden boat building with a worldwide reputation for the highest quality. This exhibition of photographs and commentary focuses on the extraordinary period in City Island’s history when yacht and shipbuilding were at their peak. Here are all the old yards, the brilliant craftsmen who worked there, the methods of construction they used, and the famous sailing and motor yachts they produced. Also highlighted are the military vessels that were built here during the war years and the brilliant 12-meter sloops that successfully defended the America’s Cup seven times.
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The City Island Nautical Museum is proud to be a Distinctive Destination of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We welcome all all National Trust members to receive half-price
admission ($2.50) when visiting our site. Visit distinctive-destinations for more information.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Nautical Museum will remain closed until further notice, and we won’t be hosting special tours. However, If you would like to buy gifts from our shop, call 718-885-1616. In the meantime, take a look at our Facebook page for some wonderful albums of historic photographs. And if you want to make a year-end donation to the City Island Historical Society or purchase a membership ($25 for individuals and $35 for families), you may do so by PayPal.
The City Island Sail and Power Squadron will have its next one-day NYS safe boating certification course in April 2020 at the City Island Yacht Club. For more information, e-mail Richard Welch at email@example.com
On Wednesday, July 22, at 1 p.m. there will be a webinar on the history and community of City Island. Barbara Dolensek narrates the history with lots of pictures, a substitute for the usual walking tours that the museum used to sponsor. Please participate: the cost is only $10 and half of the proceeds will be given to the museum. Click here to register.
The City Island Nautical Museum wishes to thank the following City Island businesses that have become Corporate Members.
The Black Whale
City Island Diner
Consolidated Yachts, Inc.
D & D Bowne Realty
Fordham Marine Service
John Douglas Forrest
Leonard Hawkins American
Legion Post 156
Maria Caruso Travel, Inc.
Morris Yacht Club
Tered Realty LLC
The museum's programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, thanks to Council Member Mark Gjonaj, and by the Bronx Council on the Arts through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund Regrants Program, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Bronx Delegation of the City Council. The City Island Nautical Museum was granted a permanent charter by the Board of Regents of the New York State Board of Education on January 11, 2012. And, on the basis of a careful consideration of the history and the architecture of the building at 190 Fordham Street in which the museum is housed, the Landmarks Preservation Commissioned Public School 102 (later Public School 17, The City Island School) a landmark because of its “special character and a special historical and aesthetic interest and value as part of the development, heritage and cultural characteristics of New York City.