City Island, The Bronx is the northernmost most point of all the five boroughs of New York City. It is also known as Bronx County, the last bunch of the 62 counties of New York State to be incorporated. Located north of Manhattan and Queens, and south of Westchester County, the Bronx is the only borough on the US mainland. In 2011, the US Census Bureau estimated the borough's population was 1,400,761. The Bronx covers a land area of 42 square miles (109 km2). This makes the Bronx the fourth-most-populated of the five boroughs, the fourth-largest in land area, and the third-highest in density of population.
The borough is divided by the Bronx River into a hillier section in the west, closer to Manhattan, and the flatter East Bronx, closer to Long Island. The West Bronx was annexed to New York City (then largely confined to Manhattan) in 1874, and the areas east of the Bronx River in 1895. The Bronx first assumed a distinct legal identity when it became a borough of New York in 1898. Bronx County, with the same boundaries as the borough, was separated from New York County (afterwards coextensive with the Borough of Manhattan) as of January 1, 1914. Although the Bronx is the third-most-densely-populated county in the U.S., about a quarter of its area is open space, including Pelham Park, NYC largest, Woodlawn Cemetery, Van Cortlandt Park, the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo in the borough's north and center, on land deliberately reserved in the late 19th century as urban development progressed northwards and eastwards from Manhattan with the building of roads, bridges and railways.
City Island, The Bronx as well as all of the other boroughs in NYC enjoys the status of having some of the best restaurants in the United States to — who else? — New York City. This is a no-brainer when you consider that NYC has more than 23,000 restaurants.
New York is tops for sheer variety of dining options. This melting pot of a city offers every kind of ethnic cuisine from the most excellent Spanish Restaurants, Seafood Dining, Jewish Delis and Dim Sum Cafeterias, to Falafel stands and Pizza joints in nearly each and every neighborhood.
City Island's close proximity to Yankee Stadium, along with The NY Mets and other home teams, makes this one of the top cities in the country for major leaguel sports. After all, the Big Apple has a total of nine professional sports teams that make up a list of the who’s who in sports history. Between the Mets, Yankees, Jets, Giants, and the Knicks, New York City also counts some of the most wildly-committed sports fanatics to enjoy these games.
CIMAGES wishes to congratulate City Island's Barbara Dolensek, along with 24 other local ladies, who were awarded 2011 Bronx Influential Women. For over thirty years, Barbara has been an active and proud resident of City Island. The local widow is an editor to at the City Island Current, where she is dedicated to this unique community.
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The Annual City Island Art and Crafts Fair was a wonderful event to attend, if you happened to be fortunate enough to visit that charming community on this lovely weekend. Local residents and visitors enjoyed strolling along several blocks along both sides of City Island Ave. There was lots of interesting merchandise on display and also for sale, live music and as always, many local restaurants serving fresh and delicious sea food.
Jimmy Vacca is a life-long resident of the Bronx. He was born and raised in nearby Pelham Bay and educated in the New York City public school system, where he attended P.S. 71, J.H.S. 101, and then Christopher Columbus High School. Jimmy earned his bachelors degree from the State University of New York, and a Masters degree in Urban Studies from CUNY Queens College.