(photo provided by Louis Bruno)
City Island is home to approximately 4,500 residents. The community, which is a mile and a half long and a half mile wide, is located off of Pelham Bay Park (the largest park in the City of New York) at the easternmost point of the Borough of the Bronx. The neighborhood has one public school (P.S. 175), public library, post office, fire ladder (53) and engine company (70), four houses of worship (St. Mary’s Star of the Sea – Catholic, Trinity Methodist Church, Temple Beth El – Jewish, and Grace Episcopal Church), a handful of yacht clubs and dozens of restaurants. The Island is also home to Pilot Cove Manor, a 131-unit senior housing development. Two group homes and a day-habilitation program for the developmentally disabled also operate within the community.
The community enjoys several parks including Ambrosini Field (located next to P.S. 175), Hawkins Park (at Hawkins Street and City Island Avenue), the Catherine Scott Promenade (located at Bridge Street and City Island Avenue). A pocket park is about to be constructed at the end of the Island, and that will be known as Belden Point Park. Waterfront access will also be granted at the east side of Fordham Street when the “On the Sound” condominium complex is complete.