Small town living...in the Bronx?? City Island is one of those quirky big city spots that makes you do a double take to make sure you're not losing your mind. Yes, City Island is located in the 'gritty' Bronx, and of course that means that it is a part of New York City. However, City Island is very far from typical Bronx/New York City. Rather, it is much more reminiscent of a small 1970's New England fishing village. Very much out of place and out of time. City Island is perfect for a quick day trip if you're spending time in Manhattan. It'll be kind of a pain to get to via public transportation, but if you make the trip, you'll be rewarded with good local eateries, excellent waterfront views, and charming local personalities.