City Island Bridge


The first City Island bridge was built in 1873 by David Carll, a City Island shipbuilder. The draw came from a bridge over the Harlem River and the lumber was salvaged from the first USS North Carolina, which had been launched in 1814 and was considered by many the most powerful naval vessel afloat until it was decommissioned in 1866.

The cost of the bridge was $35,000, and the tolls were intended to reimburse the builders, but the town of Pelham, of which City Island was a part, eliminated the toll in 1876. The second City Island bridge was built by the City of New York soon after the island became part of the city in 1895. The bridge cost $200,000 to construct and was opened in 1901. Unfortunately, the city has decided to demolish the bridge, in spite of its historic significance, and replace it with a large cable-stayed bridge, which much of the City Island community is protesting as inappropriate for this small low-rise nautical community. The current schedule calls for the new bridge to be completed in 2016.



The City Island Nautical Museum is operated by the City Island Historical Society, a not-for-profit organization. There is no admission fee to the Museum, which relies on donations, grants, and membership dues. All donations are tax-deductible. We welcome new members as well as contributions to our general fund and to our endowment fund. Annual membership dues are: Individual $20; Family $25; Corporate $50; Student $10. Please make checks payable to the City Island Historical Society and send to City Island Historical Society, P.O. Box 82, Bronx, NY 10464.


Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and by special appointment.

The City Island Nautical Museum wishes to thank the following City Island businesses that have become Corporate Members.

AARP Chapter 318
American Legion - Leonard H.
Hawkins Post #156
Artie's Steak and Seafood
Barron's Marine Services, Inc.
City Island Beer Company
City Island Pharmacy
City Island Yacht Club
Connie's New Way Market
Consolidated Yachts, Inc.
John Douglas Forrest
Eben Hansmire
Island Boat Club
Island Insurance Agency
Charles Mandel
Seafood City
Drs. Robert Seigle and
Audell Ray
St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church
Tony's Pier Restaurant
Ultra Automotive


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