The City Island Nautical Museum is housed in the school building designed by C.B.J. Snyder and built by the city of New York in 1897–98. It opened as P. S. 102 but was renumbered P.S. 17 in 1903. The school graduated students at the end of the eighth grade; for several years, there were graduations in both January and June.

In 1976 the school was closed and students now attend P.S. 175 at 200 City Island Avenue. The site, formerly the Nevins Shipyard, was coincidentally the location of the first City Island school, built in 1839 when the number of children taught by resident Rachel Fordham grew too large for her to teach in her home on Fordham Street.

The second schoolhouse was built in 1860, subsequently replaced by a police station, and then torn down to create Hawkins Park (named for Island resident Leonard Hawkins, a World War I veteran, for whom the American Legion Post on the Island is also named).

 

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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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