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).




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
Barron's Marine Services Inc.
City Island Beer Company
City Island Diner/The Snug
City Island Pharmacy
City Island Yacht Club
Consolidated Yachts Inc.
Harlem Yacht Club
Island Insurance Agency
Kee Electric
Kortleven Contractors
Leonard Hawkins Post 156 of The American Legion
Morris Yacht and Beach Club
Papa John's Deli Inc.
Pelham Masonic Lodge #712
Pro Marine
Property Appraisal Services
Seafood City
St. Mary Star of the Sea Church
Tony's Pier Restaurant


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