Special City Island District

Issue

The Special City Island District (CD), encompassing an entire island in Long Island Sound, was adopted to preserve its nautical heritage and low-rise residential character, as well as the “village” quality of its commercial center on City Island Avenue.

Regulations encourage the traditional building form of one or two stories of residences above ground floor stores in the village center, restrict the size and illumination of business signs, and establish landscaping and screening requirements for parking lots.

New residential developments on large waterfront lots are required to provide a publicly accessible sitting area next to the shoreline. The only commercial and manufacturing uses permitted are those that reflect the island’s nautical flavor or serve the retail needs of residents and visitors.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/zone/art11c02.pdf