1. The Blauzes
Their name means 'Little Blue Ones' in Belgian-French, which is apparently a language, and they're part of a reef, which is apparently a thing New York has.
2. Chimney Sweeps Islands
There used to be a bar on the island that served local
chimney sweeps? boaters, until the government bought the island, closed the bar, ruined everything, and turned it into part of Pelham Bay Park.
3. City Island
This is actually as close as you'll probably get to a seaside getaway in the city. It's the only inhabited island in the borough, and is home to a ton of fun seafood places. We like Sammy's Shrimp Box, Lobster Box, and Crab Shanty in particular.
4. Hart Island
Sadly not named after Bret "The Hitman", there is some controversy as to whether it was named for its shape, or the English word for Stag -- it's variously been home to POW camps, a reformatory, a missile base, and a burial field for the Department of Corrections. Fun times!
5. High Island
It was once much, much more-terrifyingly named Shark Island.
6. Rat Island
Covered in rocks, mussel shells, and bird sh*t, this adorably named land mass is actually private property owned by a dude who snatched it up and is now hosting BBQs all over it.
7. Twin Island
Don't be fooled: this isn't even actually an island anymore (nice try Twin!), thanks to the landfill connecting it to Orchard Beach and Rodman's Neck.
8. North Brother Island
This is the island where they kept typhoid fever Patient Zero, Typhoid Mary. Maybe don't go here.
9. South Brother Island
Jacob Ruppert -- the former Yankees owner who bought Babe Ruth and was the President of the United States Brewer's Association -- had a summer home here for a while, making it pretty much the boss-est island of the early 20th century.
10. Rikers Island
It was settled by Abraham Rycker, used as a training field for Union soldiers, and you probably never want to go here.