At 230 acres and just 4,400 residents, City Island is one of those rustic enclaves within the urban sprawl that is slow to change. But, as per the Times, even this nautical community is not immune to the condo boom gripping the rest of New York. In fact, the first new condos in 15 years are going up on the Bronx island’s eastern shore, facing the Long Island Sound. Developed by Greystone and designed by Kutnicki Bernstein Architects, sales for On the Sound’s 21 two-family homes and one single-family home will launch this spring, with asking prices for 2BRs starting in the high $400,000s. Three-bedrooms will be priced from the high $500,000s.
City Islanders have long displayed some NIMBY tendencies—opposing a bridge’s original design and being wary of a ferry that would deliver visitors to nearby burial ground Hart Island. They have always prized preserving their special pocket of the city. But On the Sound has caused little stir. The developer is building a waterfront esplanade for public use, its buildings are not tall (under the island’s 35-foot height limit), and the two-family units are designed to look like single-family homes—all cute and New England-y—just like most of its neighbors.