Details for Harlem Yacht Club

Harlem Yacht Club

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 21 reviews

Address 417 Hunter Ave
City Island, NY 10464

Phone718-885-1225 or 718-885-3078

After hours contact

718-885-3235 or VHF 72

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - YES
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO


Additional email contact:

VHF channel

Launch is on 72.


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Mooring field is seasonal (launch service begins mid-April and ends mid-November), restaurant and bar are closed Jan/Feb and Mon/Tues year round. Restaurant/bar hours can be found here:


Stay to the west of the two red marks at the south end of City Island - marking ''Big Tom'' rock, and stay just outside of the mooring fields.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 7
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Mooring field is typically 7-9' at MLLW.

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: Launch dock for temporary tie-ups only (max. 30 minutes).

Size restrictionsLOA max: 58
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Moorings only.


Transient: 35
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No slips. Moorings only - several guest moorings available at $35 per night. Longer-term rates available upon request.


Transient: 10
Total: 120
Transient price: $35.00 (2011-12-12)

Other price info: Price is per mooring per night. Additional transient moorings may be available when member moorings are empty.

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: None - moorings only.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

No - Moorings only.

Phone hookup (and pricing)

No - Moorings only.

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Available at launch dock - limit of 30 minutes to tie up there.

Dinghy access

Yes - Club also provides launch service until 8 pm. Longer during peak season.

Liveaboard info

Yes - Okay to live aboard for short time periods in season. Moorings and launches pulled for the winter.
Afternoon naps aboard could be interrupted by sound of gunfire from NYPD pistol range on Rodmans Neck, just west of mooring field. Cease fire at night.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets must be leashed on club grounds. Not permitted on deck or in house.

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Club launch on VHF 72.

Pump out



Yes - Available on launch dock. Pay at launch shack.



Yes - In long building in parking lot.


Yes - In long building in parking lot.



Yes - Several stores and delis in neighborhood - a short walk. IGA grocery on corner of Ditmars St. and City Island Ave.


Yes - JJ Burkes or Buddy's on City Island Ave. Less than 10 minute walk from Club. West Marine Express has closed.


Yes - Club restaurant open for lunch/dinner 5 days per week during boating season (April-Oct). Also numerous, excellent choices on City Island Avenue, in both directions.


Yes - Bar open Wednesday-Sunday.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Yes - Local marine services on the island. Ask launch operator for suggestions.

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Yes - Winter storage available. Please contact

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Club has WiFi internet access. Password may be obtained at bar.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Express bus to Manhattan on weekdays
Bronx 29 bus connects to NYC subways seven days a week.

Other services


Reviews for Harlem Yacht Club
Friendly and a Fine Location, 2017-09-20
Captain: , Barnegat NJ USA (695)

On a club mooring here in summer 2016. Fine and responsive service, including a reasonably good dining room at the club. All ammenities including strong WiFi, good showers, easy shopping on the main drag on city Island, etc.

Watch the wake, 2017-06-15
Captain: , montauk ny (150)

Pros: responsive launch service with friendly staff, great views of bridges and NYC, easy access to City Island stores and restaurants, great spot to wait for tide at Hells Gate
Cons: Too many inconsiderate boaters speeding around the mooring field creating constant wake. We were on the outer edge of the mooring field so being in closer to shore may be helpful.

Made to Feel Welcome, 2016-10-18
Captain: , Norwalk Yacht Club (112)

Arrived for an overnight staging to pass through Hell Gate the next morning. Everyone with whom I dealt could not have been more friendly, from making the reservation to the Launch driver, to the folks in the Clubhouse. It was the end of the season, so Launch service ended at 1900, but we had a delicious dinner on shore and made it back in time for a nightcap in the cockpit. A definite repeat.

Harlem Yacht Club is special, 2016-07-16
Captain: , Mooney Bay, NY (30)

SV Arapesh, Montreal

We were welcomed by both club members and staff, and were even invited to join the Harlem's "Old Salts" for lunch and an afternoon sail. We enjoyed great hamburgers at the club's restaurant. A grocery and hardware store are close by. It is ideally located at three miles from Throgs Neck Bridge. City Island has a retro small town feel and yet is in the Bronx and a short commute to Manhattan.

Very accomodating, 2016-06-06
Captain: , Rowayton, CT (199)

We called in yesterday after a Coastguard warning of an impending storm arriving in the next 6 0 minutes made us change plans to go to Manhasset. The launch driver called back and we were shown to a mooring. When we arrived. The storm hit about 20 minutes later with 25 knot gusts and rain. We were delighted to be safe and welcomed.

Lovely Club, 2015-07-30
Captain: , St. Thomas, USVI (160)

Bob, was very welcoming. They invited us to use their dingy dock and gave us directions to all the shops we needed. The restaurant was good as well.

Cruiser friendly, 2015-06-18
Captain: , Deltaville, VA (180)

We stayed at HYC for a week. Very friendly launch staff. Weekly rate for very economical mooring balls. Would recommend if intending to see NY. Easy access to Manhattan via MTA,(bus, subway), with a weekly pass. Nice restaurant and bar. Showers, dinghy dock. Bus stop, grocery, restaurants all within easy walking distance. We will be back.

Excellant service and a friendly atmosphere., 2014-09-14
Captain: , Boca Raton, Fl (639)

I've been visiting here every summer for the past 18 years and have never had anything but excellant service. The HYC launch comes promply out show you to the assigned mooring after a quickcall on VHF 72. My YC visits here with a number of boats each summer for dinner and a weekends activities. We are always treated well. A good stop when transitting LIS. No issues with a 5 foot draft.

Caution at low tide, 2013-06-26
Captain: , Epilogue (326)

We stopped here with another boat we had met via VHF on 37 hr trip from Bohemia River MD.

We arrived at low tide; HYC's end of the harbor is quite shallow (<5'). We were idling around the red nun they as they told us to do. In the process we struck something with the prop...hard to do since this boat has protective keel...this was very near the red closest to HYC.

I assume it was a concrete block possibly the anchor for the nun.

Need a caution marker here on the Active Captain chart...also would have been nice to have been cautioned by HYC on VHF.

Now Awaiting prop repair at Brewers Capri in Port Washington. They are most competent and professional.

Nice Visit, 2012-10-08
Captain: , Essex, CT (1675)

The earlier reviews are coorect in stating that the clubhouse is charming -- with a terrific bar (constructed by a member). And the place is full of history - even the launch was a classic. That said, City Island has seen better days. It was not showing its best when we were there. However, as they say, location, location, location. We hit the the morning slack tide at Hell Gate an hour after we left and were delighted. So if you're transiting NYC this is a great stopover.

Nice boat club, 2012-10-07
Captain: , Shelter Island (77)

Stopped over night for a mooring. Launch operater very helpfull. Clean showers, friendly people, nice bar. Very convienient to town.

Repeat On Way Home, 2012-06-05
Captain: , Winthrop, MA (896)

We enjoyed this place and its cast of lively people very much that we came back on our way home. Very easy access and extremely friendly people. Moorings only, but good launch service. Members here are Cruisers and want to share their experiences. Restaurant opened on weekends off season Bar opened noon to 10 pm off season Wed - Sun. Very easy access to NYC by train. Great place to drop your Mooring line.

Friendly welcoming club, 2011-08-04
Captain: , Stony Point, NY (852)

We have always been given a mooring when we arrive. Stand off Red 6 and call the launch operator. He will escort you to your mooring in the large field. Launch service, gorgeous club house with bar, restaurant, clean restrooms/showers. Good stop for timing a passage through Hell's gate and around Manhattan, or as a starting place for a cruise in Long Island Sound.

Convenient stop, 2011-07-28
Captain: , Grasonville, Md (252)

Great location with access to restaurants, and grocerary shopping. Try City Island Diner where the locals eat. Nothing fancy, but high value meals, ( good food with acceptable prices, and friendly service). The museum was closed while we were there, sorry we mised viewing the history of the 12 meters of yesterday.

Does the job, 2011-05-20
Captain: , Camden, ME (464)

Main building was only open weekends when we were there in May, but restroom/showers are still available (get code from launch operator). The showers appeared to be in the midst of remodeling this May. There is a Harlem Yacht Club Wifi signal, but I don't know if that is available to clients. The launch operator did not know the WPA key, and of course the clubhouse was not open. AT&T wireless signal was good and fast.
Mooring field very comfortable and quiet in an easterly breeze, except for the nearby police firing range from which we could hear volleys between 8AM and 6PM. HYC is easy access to town and many restaurants. The closest was Arties, where we enjoyed excellent and fairly priced Italian seafood dishes.

Harlem Club a good place, 2011-05-16
Captain: , City Island (194)

Decent restaurant, and facilities. If a strong westerly or SW wind - go to other side of island... a good bar - - plenty of parking. Would be better if docks and slips were available -

Best yacht club on City Island, 2011-04-13
Captain: , Morristown, NJ (383)

Now that might sound prejudice since I am a Past Coomodore of the Harlem Yacht Club, But I must tell you thetruth. Our restaurant and hef are the greatest and the food is not only delicious but plentiful. The baris grand and active with reasonable prices for any kind of drink you want. Thier moorings are adequate for larger boats and the launch serviice is good. 24 hours on weekends. Very easy to get into the city for sightseeing or theater. the island itself has plenty of shopping or restaurant if desired. call the launch on channel 72 for a spot.

Dick and Elle Lassman

Convenient to NYC, cool town center, reasonable mooring fee, 2011-01-29
Captain: , Stratford, CT (250)

This is probably the best club to stay on the island if you plan to walk into town and explore. That's because it is nearest to most restaurants, antique shops, and the supermarket. There is a West Marine Express in the north side of town, a 1/2 mile walk. Lots of good Italian and seafood restaurants nearby, especially Artie's (right up the street), a really good Italian ($$), or if you want seafood and are on a tight budget, try Johnny's Reef at the southern of the main drag. The City Island Diner is a tiny, old fashioned place full of clamdiggers (locals) and good, honest food; breakfast and lunch only. HYC has a restauarant which serves great burgers (ask for the "Full Sail" burger) and uneven main dishes. Service is only OK with young kids as waitstaff. Showers are grungy. It's easy (although a long trip) to get into Manhattan via bus and subway.

Great Location, Nice People, Lot's to do, 2009-07-14
Captain: , Stuart, FL (426)

We came for two nights and ended up staying for 2 weeks. Many good restaurants, pubs, stores. IGA grocery two blocks away. Bus stop two blocks away. We purchased an MTA card and went into the city every other day for shows, shopping. eats. 45 min to 1:15 to get to lower Manhattan. Plenty of marine stores available nearby. They have a cheap daily rate, a better weekly rate and free launch service from 8a to 11p. 24 hours on weekends and holidays. Yacht club has a good bar and restaurant, showers and ialthough it needs a coat of paint , we high;y recommend it!

Great help , 2008-09-12
Captain: , Apponaug R.I. (908)

Food, launch operator, staff, all were great

Friendly Yacht Club, 2008-06-19
Captain: , Cruising (3535)

Harlem Yacht Club is a pretty casual, friendly club that extends reciprocity to members of other legitimate yacht clubs and may accommodate a non-yacht-club-member if they have a guest mooring available. People are very helpful and kind, and City Island is an oasis so close to NYC - it's an old-fashioned neighborhood with wonderful restaurants and delis, friendly people, and a relaxed pace. Restaurants do get very busy on weekend evenings, but during the week things are relatively quiet. You can walk the entire island easily.

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