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Pluses for CI are that it is accessible by public transit from the city (though it takes over an hour and the line is not all that safe after hours), access to Manhasset Bay and the entire north and south shore of the LI sound, lots of restaurants and shopping all within walking distance, handful of full service marinas and yacht clubs.
Minuses are the that it's a pain to get to by car or public transit (Port Washington just across in Manhasset bay is actually easier via public transit), western sound is very crowded on a nice day (although less than the upper bay), wind sucks in the summer (predominate SW breeze goes over a lot of land before reaching the western sound), marinas I've dealt with on the island are overpriced and the people running them are rude and don't seem to want your business.
I don't have personal experience with the clubs on the island but I've heard good things about each. If you really like the western sound, I recommend that you check out Port Washington or New Rochelle.