Yacht club’s grand opening on City Island

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The Morris Yacht Club's new clubhouse is having a grand opening ceremony onMay 21 and is inviting the public.

It's been five years since a five-alarm fire tragically burned the 150-year-old Morris clubhouse situated on the southern tip of New York City's City Island, at Belden Point. But "Project Phoenix," as it was named, has finally risen from the ashes and the new 16,000 square foot clubhouse is scheduled for its grand opening.

The events begin with a flag raising ceremony at 6 p.m. to indicate the official start of the boating season. Ribbon-cutting ceremony starts at 6:15 p.m. followed by cocktails and reception at 7 p.m. Event is black-tie-only and offered at $125 per person.

The new clubhouse supports the 112 year old club's membership of sailboat, powerboat and beach members on City Island. The former Victorian-era clubhouse burned in a fire in the early morning of March 10, 2006. Since that day, club members have donated considerable time and effort in the process of rebuilding the clubhouse. The new two-story clubhouse boasts a 250 seat ballroom, full-service bar and smaller ante-rooms used for club offices and member meetings. A new caterer hosts the food service at the club. Dinner is offered Wednesday through Sunday.

Rather than dissolve the club and sell the property to real estate developers or other business interests, the members committed to rebuilding the clubhouse to preserve the beauty and ecology of the Bronx waterfront and to maintain the rich nautical heritage of City Island. "The new clubhouse is not only energy-efficient," says board chairman Steve Lott, "but also situated to provide a panoramic view of Long Island Sound and New York City."