Real Estate News — Hit Your Hallelujah


It’s impossible to resist posting this catchy song and video, given the news this past week that music man extraordinaire Mark Ronson (who has produced “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars and many other huge hits, including all those amazing Amy Winehouse songs on “Back to Black”) has sold his super chill Amagansett beach house. The New York Post broke the news, and then lots of outlets followed. I’m partial to the latest, just posted on 27 East. Thanks Tom Clavin for that awesome kicker!

Other East End real estate dealings that have caught my eye of late include a house by Guggenheim kiosk architect Andre Kikoski with a glass pool, featured here on Curbed (amazing!!!!), and the opportunity to rent a gorgeous North Sea home that just happened to be featured heavily on everyone’s favorite family show on E. Here’s the NY Observer story on the Hamptons house of Kardashian.

Ring In a Hamptons Happy New Year

Wondering where to go and what to do to ring in the New Year? You’re in luck. Here are my top picks for those in the mood for some South Fork celebrating the end of 2016 and/or the beginning of 2017.
rogers-mansion-in-snow-by-tom-edmonds-2014Not much of a night owl? That’s okay; Rogers Mansion in Southampton can be seen today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. by candlelight. Celebrate the end of the year with a candlelight reception at the Rogers Mansion and take advantage of the last opportunity to view this year’s exhibit. The parlors and sitting rooms will be festooned with garlands of fresh winter greens and flowers. Colorful antique holiday decorations can be seen on the many trees that decorate the reception rooms in the Mansion Enjoy light refreshments before or after one of several guided tours, which will begin every 15 minutes.



For a bit more of an all-day/all-night affair, check in to c/o The Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton. The eclectic, Scandinavian-inspired boutique hotel features special two-night minimum packages for New Year’s, including an automatic late checkout at 1 p.m.

The dog-friendly hotel, with its 19 individualized rooms and cottages, is set to ring in 2017 in style with a decadent three-course prix fixe dinner and party. Complementing the dinner is a Great Gatsby-themed party where guests will enjoy a champagne toast at midnight. There are no fireworks, so the dogs will love this party! Dinner and party is $95 plus tax per person.

gurneysGurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is also hosting a big shindig. Starting at 5 p.m., the $150 per person celebration includes a “favorite era” costume party in celebration of Gurney’s 90 years in business, plus live music by Kim Sozzi Creations Music, Gurney’s Beach Club DJ Nicole Leone, dancing, 4-hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary midnight champagne toast & more. There are also two pre-fixe dinner seatings tonight at Scarpetta Beach. The first starts at 5 p.m. and the second seating is at 8 p.m. Cost is $105 per person, plus $45 wine pairing option offered. No worries about driving home if you don’t want to; Gurney’s is also offering special New Year’s lodging packages.


The Southampton Inn is also offering up a special celebratory occasion, starting at 7 p.m. The 19th annual New Year’s Eve Gala includes cocktails, dinner, open bar, dancing to live music, special room rates for those partaking of the festivities, breakfast in the morning and late check out for those who need a bit of recuperation time.  Oooh, and Brent Newsom is cooking the New Year’s Eve dinner. Always a treat!



Just want to get out for some New Year’s Eve fun ? Then head to Zigmund’s Bar in Bridgehampton, which is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party with DJ Drop D from  9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Or pop in at Indian Wells Tavern in Amangansett, which is hosting its New Year’s Eve party tonight featuring a 10-foot projector playing music videos all night long, drinks specials and a televised ball drop.

Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton will host a special locally sourced four-course prix fixe menu in celebration of New Year’s Eve on Saturday, December 31, beginning at 9 p.m. Guests will receive party favors and a champagne toast will be offered. Cost for the evening is $105 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For a more casual option, the bar will offer bar snacks and specialty cocktails. The a la carte menu will be offered earlier in the evening alongside holiday specials.

red|bar brasserie in Southampton is also offering a special New Year’s Eve menu tonight. Yum!

And Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton will offer a la carte specials for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The restaurant will be open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and will serve a special New Year’s Day Brunch on Sunday, January 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Imbibing? Then please be responsible. Cheers to a happy, healthy and productive 2017!



Truck Beach is For the People


This is not Truck Beach but I think it illustrates the point. Dawn Watson photo

The East Hampton Airport decision didn’t go our way but the one for Truck Beach did. Small victories. We’ll take them.

Here’s the official statement from the Town of East Hampton on the court’s ruling that yes, Truck Beach/Napeague Beach is in fact a public beach:




After a five-day bench trial, the Hon. Ralph T. Gazzillo, Acting Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, issued a Post-Trial Decision upholding the rights of the East Hampton community to access Napeague Beach for its traditional public uses. “The Town of East Hampton is very pleased that the Court, in the strongest of terms, recognizes the longstanding public use of this oceanfront beach in Napeague,” stated Supervisor Larry Cantwell. “The Court issued a common sense decision rightfully rejecting the ‘questionable’, ‘unimpressive’, and ‘contradictory’ testimony of the Plaintiffs’ expert witnesses, while finding those life-long community members who testified on behalf of the Defendants’ to be ‘credible’, ‘harmonious’ and ‘persuasive’.”

The Court’s 33-page decision, which Justice Gazillo stated culminated his nearly 50-year career in public service, methodically reviewed the testimony of all the witnesses and found what everyone knows, Napeague or “truck beach” is a public resource that has been enjoyed by our community for generations. Councilman Fred Overton, who was called to testify on behalf of the Town and the Trustees, stated, “The Court specifically found, ‘It is also clear and undeniable that in living memory—and even perhaps well before—the community has consistently used the beach as a recreation location which is open to the public.”

The Court’s decision explicitly denied the Plaintiffs’ private ownership claims of the beach, as well as their claims that the Town was creating a nuisance by allowing public use of Napeague beach. “The Town will remain steadfast in protecting our public access to our ocean beaches and public land,” concluded Supervisor Cantwell.

Wine, Pizza and Ice Cream, All at the Farmers Market


I’ve got good news for fellow farmers market lovers who also enjoy a bit of decadence alongside their fruits and veggies.

Cinque Family Wines has officially opened the Amagansett Wine Stand tasting room at the Amagansett Farmers Market. The farm winery branch offers a selection of local wines, highlighting some of Long Island’s best, from Cabernet Franc to Rosé, plus there’s also Joe & Liza’s Ice Cream and wood oven pizzas by Around the Fire Catering mixed in with the selection of local gourmet delicacies. Yumtastic!

Stop by the Main Street Amagansett Farmers Market seven days a week for a taste and a shop. Hours are from noon to 7 p.m.


Pix from Project Most’s Empty Bowls on Sunday

Congrats to Project Most, whose Empty Bowls fundraiser this past Sunday, March 13, was such a success that some actually ran out of soup!


The annual fundraiser, always a good time, raised lots of money for the Springs Seedlings and Project MOST After School projects. Held at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett, it included delicious fare from food purveyors such as: Almond, Amagansett Fire Department, Art or Eating , Bell & Anchor, Bostwick’s, Bridgehampton School, Di Canela, Debbie Geppert Events, Dreesen’s Catering,Fresh Hamptons, Hampton Marketplace, Harbor Grill, Hayground School, Indian Well’s Tavern, Mary’s Marvelous, Mill House Inn, Nick & Toni’s Old Stone Market, One Stop Market, Pepperoni’s Pizza, Pete Ambrose Events, Sea Bean, Seafood Shop,Silver Spoon Specialties, Simply Sublime, Smokin’ Wolf, Springs General Store, Springs Pizza and Stuart’s Seafood.

UPDATES: An estimated 400 attended the endless soup event this year. And the array of soups was dazzling. Project Most says a hearty thanks to: 

Joe Realmuto, Mark Smith, Bryan Futerman and the crew at Nick & Toni’s and for Pasta Fagioli Soup

Art Of Eating for your Tunisian Tomato Chick Pea Soup

 Debbie Geppert Events @ Dreesen’s Catering for your Vegetarian Minestrone

Harbor Grill Damien O’Donnell for Broccoli & Cheddar

 Amagansett Fire Dept. and Kieran Brew for your Potato Leek Soup

 Springs General Store and Kristy Hood for your Mexican Tortilla Soup

 Terry O’Riordan for your Vegetarian Gumbo

 Old Stone Market and Vicky Sdrougias for your Greek Lentil Soup

 One Stop and Bill Hall & Lauren Harrington for your Chicken Noodle Soup

 Seafood Shop & Paul LaBue for your Shrimp Chowder

 Springs Pizza & Spiro Dimopoulas      for your Garlic Knots

 Stuart’s Seafood & Charlotte Sasso for your Clam Chowder

 Indian Wells & Chris Egert for your Chicken Chorizo & Roasted Corn Soup

 Silver Spoon Specialties and David & Jeanine Burge for your Cream of Zucchini Soup

 Pete Ambrose Events for your Carnita White Bean & Tomatilla Chili

 Highway Bar & Grill for your Curry Root Vegetable Soup

 Bell & Anchor for your Thai Fish Soup

 Arthur Wolf and Smokin’ Wolf for your amazing Country Chicken Cheddar

 Pepperoni’s for Garlic Sticks AND Shrimp Bisque

The Mill House Inn, Carolyn Stec and Jay Shilan for two soups; Potato Bacon Chowder and Smoked Iacono Chicken & Wild Rice

Pat and Mary of Mary’s Marvelous for their Vegetarian Mulligatawney Soup


Hungry for Project Most’s Empty Bowls


Ready to belly up to the bowl, soup lovers? I sure hope so because Project Most‘s annual Empty Bowls fundraiser is happening on Sunday, March 13, from noon to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett.

This delicious event brings some of the best chefs on the East End together to dip their ladles and raise some money for the Springs Seedlings and Project MOST After School projects. Plus it’s yummy. Participating this year: Almond, Amagansett Fire Department, Art or Eating , Bell & Anchor, Bostwick’s, Bridgehampton School, Di Canela, Debbie Geppert Events, Dreesen’s Catering,Fresh Hamptons, Hampton Marketplace, Harbor Grill, Hayground School, Indian Well’s Tavern, Mary’s Marvelous, Mill House Inn, Nick & Toni’s Old Stone Market, One Stop Market, Pepperoni’s Pizza, Pete Ambrose Events, Sea Bean, Seafood Shop,Silver Spoon Specialties, Simply Sublime, Smokin’ Wolf, Springs General Store, Springs Pizza and Stuart’s Seafood. Michael Pour will perform.

Until Sunday, enjoy these photos that I took at last year’s event.


Big Year So Far for Naomi Watts


So far, 2016 has been a giant year for Naomi Watts. Her Manhattan duplex in Tribeca is being featured in the March issue of Architectural Digest, it was just announced that has joined the cast of the “Twin Peaks” revival now in production (I can’t wait for the David Lynch genius work to air on Showtime in 2017!!!) and she as recently named honorary president of Glantraeth Football Club based on the Welsh Isle of Anglesey.

The Australian actress, who got her U.S. start in Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive,” and her partner Liev Schreiber listed their Amagansett home for $5.85 million at the end of 2015. It’s being repped by Rylan Jacka of Sotheby’s.

Hankering for more? Here’s a virtual tour of the Manhattan apartment, courtesy AD.