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Naming dispute[edit]

This page has gone back and forth a few times between being called "City Island, New York", and "City Island (New York)". Please leave the title in the comma style, as that is the wikipedia preferred style. See Wikipedia:Naming conventions (city names).

I strongly disagree. It is not the preferred style, since City Island is not a city. It is an island, that is, a geographic feature. The policy in Wikipedia:Naming conventions (city names) does not apply in this case. Geographic features, in my opinion, are must better designated by commas parentheses, since it avoids confusion with U.S. cities, and there a quite a few cases where geographic features straddle state boundaries. We have a long-established tradition of U.S. and Canadian rivers and lakes, for example, of using parentheses over the comma. Islands should be the same way, unless there is actually a city by the name that is coincident with the island itself. Neither Hart Island or City Island should have the comma, in my opinion, since there is no such municipality as "City Island, New York". If a comma is to be used, it should be City Island, Bronx, New York in parallel with List of Bronx neighborhoods (the comma is conventional in neighborhoods). Using the comma with the state New York puts it into the false representation as a census-designated place in the United States, which it is not. "City Island, New York" is simply unacceptable by that standard.-- Decumanus 17:39, 2004 Dec 11 (UTC)

Hmmm. I was just trying to help, but it seems I stepped into a minefield by accident. I saw an inconsistency, asked for advice (on the helpdesk page, which you apparantly saw), and just followed that advice. In fact, I didn't even get a chance to follow the advice, User:Ferkelparade stepped in and did it for me. I did however follow-up with similar changes to Hart Island, and High Island.

I'm a newcommer here. The last thing I want to do is get involved in a religious war between two old-timers, so I'm bowing out of this until you two can agree between yourselves what's right and what's wrong.

By-the-way, when you wrote, "Geographic features, in my opinion, are must better designated by commas", I'm guessing you really meant, "... better designated by parenthesis", since that would fit better with the rest of your statements :-)

Yeah, a typo. I should avoid editing before coffee :). I meant parentheses, which is a harder word to type. In any case, don't feel bad. This is definitely something that should be debated, so it's good to get it out in the open.
Basically my position is this: the items that should be disambiguated with a comma are those that should always have a comma because of what they are, even when they don't require disambiguation. Cities in the U.S. are like this. They always take a comma, even when they don't require disambiguation. Even if there is only one Jersey City, the article is still Jersey City, New Jersey. That is, the New Jersey part of the title is inherently part of it, and not really used for disambiguation.
Although the census bureau (and the USPS) may disagree, it is common usage to write "City Island, NY" in postal addresses. Perhaps this is because all of City Island is served by a single post office, called "City Island Station". Perhaps it's because, as an island, it has more "place recognition" than a neighborhood with no obvious geographic/geologic boundaries. It might be due to the fact that City Island was once a town in Westchester County, before it was part of The Bronx. I can't really say for sure, but it's the way people do it. Doing a goggle search for {"City Island" 10464} will show a plethora of such examples.
A similar thing happens in Queens, where each of the neighborhoods were towns/villages/etc in Queens County before they got gobbled up into "Greater New York". People in Queens still tend to use "Forrest Hills, NY", "Jamaica, NY", "Long Island City, NY", etc, as their postal address, instead of "Queens NY".--RoySmith 20:14, 11 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Yes, I'm familiar with the Queens example. That's a good point. The Queens example, I believe, is actually descened from the old town structure of New York state (where "towns" are equivalent to "townships" in most other states). I think at this point the post office doesn't care, because everything is done by ZIP Codes. --Decumanus 20:29, 2004 Dec 11 (UTC)
On the other hand, things that normally don't take a comma should not take one when they require disambiguation. Islands are like this. When an island doesn't need disambiguation, it normally just stands on its own, like Oahu. This is the case in general with geographical features, which stand on their own unless they explicitly require disambiguation. To take another example, Long Island is notable enough to get that title all by itself. If it required true disambiguation, it would not become "Long Island, New York" (which has no official meaning in New York state government, U.S Census Bureau, or United States Postal Service, etc.) but would get the parentheses. One reason in favor of this is that there may in fact be cities that have the form "XXX Island, YYY", where YYY is a state, like Grand Island, Nebraska, which indeed is a municipality. There could well be both a muncipality and an island, with the municipality occupying only a small part of the island. If the island needed disambiguation, it would conflict with the name of the muncipality. In cases where the town occupies the entire island, that is not so bad, but there are exceptions (I know I've run across them).


Note that actually this article could just as well live at City Island, since right now there are now other articles with that title.
I'm cool with that idea. In fact, I first got involved here when I noticed that there was no "City Island" article, and I started it (I live there). I entirely missed the fact that there already was a "City Island, New York" (or perhaps, "City Island (New York)" article. Somebody later came along and merged the two into one, using the longer form of the name. All in all, I think the simplier form would make more sense.--RoySmith 20:14, 11 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Another reason is that sometimes geogrpahical feaures straddle state boundaries in a way that works much better with parentheses that with commas, e.g. Bear Lake (Idaho-Utah), which is about half in either state. A third reason I personally prefer parentheses over commas is that it allows for easier pipe disambiguation like this [[City Island (New York)|]] gets automatically expanded in the markup to [[City Island (New York)|City Island]] whereas the comma never does. But that's just a freebee add-on. The other reasons are the really reasons.
That makes sense, but I guess the next question is, "What is the City Island article about?". Is it about the community, or is it about the geographical feature? I think it's really about the community. Given your (quite reasonable) arguments, I'd say that the City Island article should be disambiguaged with a comma (assuming it needed to be disambiguated at al), but the High Island and Hart Island articles should both use the parenthesis form. In fact, I notice that the High Island disambiguation page illustrates this dichotomy quite well; "High Island, Texas" is a community, but "High Island (New York)" and "High Island (Michigan)" are islands.--RoySmith 20:14, 11 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Yes, I agree about the content of the article. That's why overall I'm leaning in favor of the full neighborhood comma form: City Island, Bronx, New York.
Well, I'll leave it up to you to do what you think is best, but my preferences would be ranked in order:
  1. City Island, New York
  2. City Island, Bronx, New York
  3. City Island (New York)
I know not everyone agrees with this policy as I've outlined it. Naming conventions are all over the map. At Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Rivers, we spent a lot of effort hashing out how to disambiguate rivers. A great many rivers cross state, province, and national boundaries, making parentheses much better than commas. But contributors in New Zealand and Great Britain established the comma convention, possibly because rivers in New Zealand are only in New Zealand, and likewise with Great Britain. They never cross national boundaries. That's a guess. All the rivers in North America, on the other hand (of which there are many more articles) take parentheses when requiring disambiguation. -- Decumanus 19:17, 2004 Dec 11 (UTC)</nowiki>

It's worth noting that, in true geek form, it seems like the debate about what piece of punctuation to use in the article title has taken up more space than the article itself :-)

We'll go with the full comma nabe form, since it's really standard with any other NYC article. If anybody objects, move it back. Pacific Coast Highway 21:22, 16 October 2005 (UTC)


Hi!,

City Island was called Minneford Island or Greater Minneford Island after the tribe of Native Americans living on it.

It is a real island in Long Island Sound and it has a real community of @4500 people.

I live there and I have tried to make an accurate description of it.

I pointed out that it is made up of glacial deposits and basically CI and Hart Island is an overgrown Eskers from a Glacier.

Many people on CI do not even know that the body of water between CI and Hart Island is called City Island Harbor and that the waterway that connects Eastchester Bay and Pelham Bay is called The City Island Channel and it is crossed by the City Island Bridge. And now Bronx Borough President Carrion wants to protect Audrey the talking Mute Swan from the poachers.


Supercool Dude

Regarding the terraserver site, if you place the arrow pointer over the area it gives you exact GPS coordinates!

SD


PS I intend to give CI the very best description on the Internet! LOL!

Too much trivia[edit]

I'm concerned that this page is becomming a random collection of trivia rather than a real description.


Roy,

I can prove there are such giant Rats with pictures!

I also have witnesses!


SD

Cool. Can you post the pix? --RoySmith 23:26, 2 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Roy,

I have to take new ones! There are many down by the Cemetary Beach living in the rip rap wall! They measure that long from nose to tail! They are an ugly grey pink and frighteningly big! They are nocturnal.

SD

cleanup[edit]

I've been doing a lot of cleanup on this article lately, but it's mostly copyediting, I haven't been doing anything about verifying facts for the most part. If anybody wants to start tracking down citations for things, that would be a great help! --RoySmith 22:55, 8 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Possible typo needs clarification: Under history, "Minefer's Island"; however within this article and also in the article on The Pelham Islands it is referred to as Greater Minneford Island (City Island)Tom12ga (talk) 18:29, 12 April 2010 (UTC)

Pictures[edit]

Maybe someone could add a picture or pictures to this page, which would help to illustrate the village like, New England feel of the place. - Matthew238 07:48, 8 January 2006 (UTC)

Protected from further renames[edit]

This page has keeps getting renamed and one person after another comes along and decides they have a better idea of what it should be called. Rummaging through the logs, I came up with:

16 May 2006 69.121.69.166 (ur) (last)  15:59, 15 May 2006 69.121.66.87 ((cur) (last)  05:01, 12 May 2006 PZFUN m (moved City Island\(Bronx, NY) to City Island, New York: Maintaining standard for naming.)
16 October 2005 Pacific Coast Highway m (City Island (New York) moved to City Island, Bronx, New York)
16 October 2005 Pacific Coast Highway (Larry V m (moved City Island, Bronx, New York to City Island (Bronx, NY))
5 January 2005 . . Rmhermen (City Island, New York moved to City Island (New York))
21 November 2004 . . Decumanus (City Island, New York moved to City Island (New York))

and I suspect I missed a few. I know there were a few "cut and paste" type renames that aren't reflected in the logs.

All this has left behind a mess of redirects, double-redirects (and probably worse), and a lot of time wasted by everybody involved cleaning up (or leaving broken) all sorts of links. When I looked at this page this morning, I found that the City Island, New York's discussion tab pointed via a redirect to (IIRC) Talk:City Island (Bronx, NY). Talk about confusing!

Anyway, I've protected both the article and the talk page against further renames, to avoid this sillyness in the future. If anybody thinks I've acted in error by applying the protection, go ahead and unprotect, but I think that will just be asking for more messes and wasted effort.

-- RoySmith (talk) 12:11, 17 May 2006 (UTC)

Since I actually live in the Bronx I understand and share Decumanus's sentiments. But I think the article and Talk should be renamed 'City Island (Bronx, NY)' and have done with, as it is more accurate and less confusing. -- Aninnymouse 11:43, 30 May 2006 (UTC) —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Kerowren (talkcontribs) 08:44, 30 May 2006 (UTC)
Looking at the article itself, it seems as if it concentrates more on City Island as a community and neighborhood than as a geologic feature. I feel that since it is about the neighborhood, it should take the name "City Island, Bronx", following the almost ubiquitous practice of naming NYC community articles in the form of "Neighborhood, Borough". Also, it is not as if the page is being constantly renamed, day after day. The move operations are taking place months apart. — Larry V (talk) 17:31, 30 May 2006 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

City Island, New York → City Island, Bronx – The article is mainly about City Island as a neighborhood, not City Island as a geological feature. Thus, the article should follow the general format for NYC neighborhoods, which is <Neighborhood>, <Borough>. — Larry V (talk) 04:54, 1 June 2006 (UTC)

Survey[edit]

Add *Support or *Oppose followed by an optional one-sentence explanation, then sign your opinion with ~~~~
  • Support as per my argument above. — Larry V (talk) 04:50, 1 June 2006 (UTC)
Moved. —Nightstallion (?) 10:57, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

Geographical area[edit]

the stated approximate length and width of the Island produce an area that is about twice the stated area 75.250.115.12 (talk) 15:39, 13 June 2011 (UTC)

Long Island Sound currents[edit]

How do Long Island sound currents affect waters around City Island? Where do currents meet? Does the East River current meet on the western shore of City Island and drop its stream load? Fay Jordaens FayJ!@aol.com — Preceding unsigned comment added by 108.5.171.89 (talk) 03:32, 25 August 2011 (UTC)

Minor ambiguity[edit]

The following line, At one time attached to the town of Pelham, Westchester County, it is now part of the New York City borough of the Bronx., while perfectly correct, introduces potential ambiguity and confusion to the article. Why? Because the word "attached", by which the good editor means, "included within the municipal boundaries" can also be taken as literally physically attached. This is not a silly idea, as it is commonplace within urban areas for natural islands to be converted into penninsulas (by filling in with rock and soil) as well as for peninsulas to be cut by canals and thus turned into islands. And in both such cases, there is no clear pattern regarding the naming of such geographic features; sometimes they're updated, sometimes they're not. I'm going to try to find a better way. 98.82.3.150 (talk) 14:46, 27 May 2012 (UTC)


Media[edit]

Why is not this movie mentioned? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Island_(film) Any special reason? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 85.54.210.106 (talk) 09:02, 13 July 2013 (UTC)

Yacht club links[edit]

Under City_Island,_Bronx#Boating, we list the four yacht clubs on the island, and have a link to one of them. It seems to me we should either have links to all of them, or none of them. As a member of one of the clubs, I have a WP:COI so I'm requesting that some neutral party look at this, decide which is the right course of action, and implement it. Thanks. -- RoySmith (talk) 01:05, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

Links in the body of an article should just link to other Wikipedia articles. External links should only be provided in references or a dedicated external links section. I have removed the one in this article with this edit as is standard practise. AIRcorn (talk) 04:46, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
  • If there are links for all the yacht clubs then as long as you included all of them there wouldnt be a COI as long as you werent promoting any of them but just listing links. If there is only a link for one of them then this is still the best available information. This would be a benefit to the article as it would add context and further detail to it. Amortias (T)(C) 09:23, 10 May 2014 (UTC)

An Addition to the list of films which used City Island as a location.[edit]

One of the final scenes in "Riding in Cars with Boys" (2001) is shot on City Island. It's at a house trailer in a boat yard north of the bridge. Its one of the last scenes. It involves getting a signature on some papers. (I have not seen that movie since 2001. I cannot recall much of the scene except that I clearly recognized the location as being on City Island.) The Internet Movie Database at IMDB.org confirms City Island as a location for this film, so this is not "original research".JohnRRuth (talk) 02:43, 11 November 2015 (UTC)Signed: John R. Ruth

City Island recent changes[edit]

The City Island pharmacy closed in March, 2017.

The Catholic grammar school, St. Mary Star of the Sea closed.67.82.6.79 (talk) 13:02, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

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Further reading -> Map and charts -> City Island Tide Chart link[edit]

The link for "City Island Tide Chart" is currently going to an error page, and has been for a while.

An alternate link option is: https://www.tidespro.com/us/new-york/city-island

Disclaimer: I help run tidespro.com, and though I'm biased, I think it's a good site.

Tidespro (talk) 14:01, 1 July 2020 (UTC)