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 Museum, which is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and by special appointment; admission is $5; members are free. Click these links for information about the exhibits, group tours, including school groups, and for a walking tour of City Island.
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The Mark Whitcombe exhibition will close on June 11, so be sure to visit if you haven’t already seen it. In its place will be an exhibition of artists’ images of the old City Island Bridge, opening on June 17.
Mark Whitcombe was one of City Island’s most beloved artists, whose works are in both private and public collections. When he passed away in October of 2015, Mark left behind a lifetime of beautiful images, from etchings of City Island scenes and sailboats to oil paintings and watercolors. Ron Terner, of City Island’s Focal Point Gallery, has gathered over 40 of Mark’s works, which will be on display in the library/gallery of the City Island Nautical Museum from March 11 through June 18, 2017. For more information about Mark’s work, visit www.whitcombeworld.com.
For a fabulous series of videos and photographs, visit The New City Island Bridge on Facebook, created by James and Tommy Breen. Best of all, take a look at a Two-Part Video Version by James Breen of the talk about yacht building on City Island given by Tom Nye last year. For those interested in arranging special tours or for those doing genealogical or historical research, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The museum's programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, thanks to Council Member James Vacca, 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.
The City Island Nautical Museum wishes to thank the following City Island businesses that have become Corporate Members.
Consolidated Yachts, Inc.
Leonard Hawkins American Legion Post 156
Morris Yacht Club
City Island Diner
City Island Sunoco
City Island Yacht Club
190 Fordham Street, City Island, NY 10464