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.

Unfortunately, the city decided to demolish the bridge, in spite of its historic significance and community opposition, and replace it with a large cable-stayed bridge. However, City Island residents complained that this was inappropriate for the small low-rise nautical community and the design was changed to a simpler causeway type of bridge. The old bridge was closed to traffic in December 2015 as the temporary bridge was completed. The current schedule calls for the new bridge to be completed in 2017. For complete coverage of the bridge project, visit the Facebook page called The New City Island Bridge, posted by James and Tommy Breen, videographers and City Island residents.


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Become a Museum Member

The City Island Nautical Museum is operated by the City Island Historical Society, a not-for-profit organization, which relies on donations, grants, and membership dues. Admission to the museum is $5 per person (no charge for members and children under 12). We welcome new members as well as contributions to our general fund and to our endowment fund, and all donations are tax deductible. 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.

A-Quality Glass
Barron's Marine Services, Inc.
City Island Beer Company
CI Construction
City Island Pharmacy
City Island Sunoco
City Island Yacht Club
Connie's New Way Market
Consolidated Yachts, Inc.
Eben Hansmire
Charles Mandel
Seafood City
Drs. Robert Seigle and
Audell Ray
Tony's Pier Restaurant

Thanks in part to Councilmember James Vacca, CIHS received a larger grant than usual this year from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. This funding will enable us to mount two important exhibitions in the spring—the work of Mark Whitcombe and images of the City Island Bridge. If you have works of art that you would consider lending to either show, please call to let us know. Ron Terner of Focal Point Gallery will be curator of Mark’s show; call him at 718-885-1403. Bridge artists should call 718-885-0507. The show on the yacht building will remain in place until December 18, when we close for the season.


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