As summer enters its scorching period and we face the shock of realizing that fall is only weeks away, us cube dwellers of New York despondently scrolling through bikini-filled Instagram feeds and clear blue waters, can’t help but think: Isn’t there one last summer getaway for me?

Rest assured, comrades: the sea is calling you. Don’t forget that New York City is surrounded by water and, thanks in part to the advent of the city’s new ferry service, getting around the city from island to island has never been easier. or as convincing.

Below is a guide to the best things to see, do, eat and drink on the New York Islands, from oyster bars and ice cream parlours, to outdoor movie nights and lawn parties evoking the past. all against the beautiful backdrop of the city’s skyline.

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How to get there: By car, bus or bicycle.

See & Do: Soak up the summer rays on “the Riviera of New York,” Orchard Beach, which sits on the Long Island Sound and offers stunning views of City Island. Browse beautiful vintage and ephemera art at City Island’s antique shops, including Early Ruth Antiques, Focal Point Gallery, and Kaleidoscope Gallery. Stop at the City Island Nautical Museum, which explores the island’s nautical history.

If you’re ready to try your hand at being the captain, the New York Sailing Center specializes in teaching the fundamentals using hands-on methods, such as sailing obstacle courses and model boats. detailed.

Prefer to let someone else steer the ship? Family-owned and family-operated Riptide III Fishing and Cruises offers everything from party fishing trips to sightseeing adventures aboard an 1,800 horsepower, 90-foot cruiser that can accommodate 100 people. Day and night fishing trips are regularly scheduled from City Island, as well as sunset cruises along the East River, complete with a live DJ and dancing on deck.

City Island antique shops

Photo: Courtesy of Alex Lopez

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