Our continuing summer series highlighting how you can use your MetroCard to enjoy all that New York has to offer takes us to City Island in the Bronx.
Sailing, fishing, antiquing, old Victorian Mansions, great seafood, and small town charm are a lot closer than you think. Swipe your MetroCard and take the 6 train to Pelham Bay Park. From there, hop on the Bx29 bus and a few minutes later, you'll be in the middle of one of New York's hidden gems.
City Island has the look and feel of a small maritime fishing village. Sailing lessons are available at the New York Sailing Center and Yacht Club (718-885-0335, startsailing.com). Anglers can hop on one of several charter boats and troll for bluefish along the Long Island Sound.
Landlubbers have their choice of several art galleries and antique stores or can visit the City Island Historical Society and Nautical Museum (718-885-0008, cityislandmuseum.org) located at 190 Fordham St (at King Ave). The museum is free and open Saturday and Sunday 1-;5pm or by appointment. It houses artifacts collected by the City Island Historical Society, including vintage maps of the island, photographs and yachting ephemera.
The island, however, is best known for its seafood. Over thirty restaurants, most located along City Island Avenue, offer what many say is the best seafood in the City ranging from fast food (Johnny's Reef) to The Lobster Box and a popular spot, The Black Whale, famous for its desserts.
For more information, visit www.cityisland.com. For trip planner, click here: http://tripplanner.mta.info/MyTrip/ui_phone/cp/idefault.aspx