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New England Vibes on City Island

Enjoy a New England seaside village without leaving New York City.

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City Island is more reminiscent of a quiet Northeast fishing village than a part of New York City’s bustling northernmost borough, but that’s what makes it so special.

EAT: Burgers and Beer at Archie’s Tap & Table

Archie’s serves up reinvented American classics and craft beer, but try the oven-roasted halibut with mustard seed, sunchokes, asparagus, preserved lemon, and fennel if the salty air has you craving seafood. 536 City Island Avenue

DO: A History Lesson at City Island Nautical Museum

Browse vintage photos and memorabilia from yesteryear, including artifacts from the island’s first schoolhouse, built in 1838. 190 Fordham Street

SHOP: Quirky Knickknacks at Kaleidoscope Gallery

Find an array of children’s toys and games, City Island memorabilia and souvenirs, artwork, and handcrafted jewelry here. It’s comfortable, casual, and somehow familiar—just what you’d expect from a local shop on a sleepy isle. 280 City Island Avenue

DESSERT: Cool Treats at Lickety Split Ice Cream

This adorable outdoor spot is perfect for keeping cool on a hot summer day. Enjoy a classic chocolate cone next door in Hawkins Park, adjacent to the vintage ice cream shack. 295 City Island Avenue

DO: Get Cultured at Starving Artist Studio & Gallery

This quirky spot is technically an art gallery–meets–performance venue–meets coffeehouse. It’s a great place to catch intimate live music performances, plus you can score some crafts while enjoying a cup of joe. 249 City Island Avenue

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