by Gary Axelbank
May 13, 2019
Thanks in part to Friday’s rain that held up till everything was done, City Island Viacommunity Day, 2019 was a smashing success. Forty Viacom and 30 local volunteers did what they set out to do: beautify the island and launch the City Island Oyster Reef Project.
The Oyster Reef Project was launched by City Island Drift with three different boats circling the island giving volunteers a chance to strategically place bags of dried out shells into the Long Island Sound. Those will serve as the foundation for the ‘Pearl Pathway’, a natural protective reef from New Rochelle around the outsides of City Island and down to Edgewater and Throggs Neck.
Also, visitors will right away notice lovely new tree beds and other plantings (like in front of the City Island Post Office) that were planted by the Garden Club and Viacommunity Day volunteers. They’ll also see an abandoned storefront painted on the Avenue near Fordham Street, and many new weather-proof posters of some of the ships that have been built on City Island.
Viacommunity Day is media giant Viacom’s annual way of supporting local communities. For the second year in a row, it has energized a spirit of renewal of City Island’s nautical history and sense of community pride.
Here are some fantastic photos by Ron Terner of Focal Point Gallery that illustrate the extraordinary day of achievement.
Note: thisistheBronX will present the official video chronicle of City Island Viacommunity Day, 2019 later this week.