Much of the destruction from Tropical Storm Irene has been well documented this week, but some damage has gone largely unreported. The pier at the City Island Yacht Club is one such example.
Extending out over the waters of this century-old club, the pier, or Summer House, was more than just a launch-dock for boat owners; it served as a focal point for socializing too. On hot summer evenings, the benches here were a popular spot to relax while enjoying the breezes off of Eastchester Bay. The racing team from Columbia University kept their sailboats here, as well.
Back in my City Island days, I spent many evenings on this dock, gazing out at the mooring field with the East River bridges and Manhattan skyline twinkling in the distance. Good times!
Fortunately, plans for rebuilding are already underway.