It’s here!! After much anticipation Carissa’s Bakery has expanded and opened a new cafe at the former home of Turtle Crossing in East Hampton! If you don’t know Carissa’s you should! The Village favorite that features some of the most awe inspiring cakes, pies and breads (sourdough pickled rye bread… OMG!) will now serve a full menu from breakfast to dinner at the new cafe. While I haven’t sat down to eat a full meal yet at the new location, the facility at 221 Pantigo place is impressive. I recently had one of their amazing gourmet sandwiches which has me eager to come back and try their soon to be expanded menu along with one of their carefully curated wines. The fact Carissa’s serves from mainly local providers and features one of the more innovative menus I’ve seen, has me thinking this new addition to East End dining will be packed. If you want more information about the new cafe or on Carissa’s original bakery you can click here.
Meanwhile if you’ve ever rented your home in the Hamptons, here is a bit of news you can’t afford to ignore. Effective July 14th landlords are now limited to collect no more than one months rent in advance for any lease. This means a whole new way of doing business for agents in these neck of the woods. For example, a summer rental from Memorial Day to Labor day would usually require about 50% up front at the signing of the lease and the remainder due before taking possession. Now, a landlord can connect no more than one month’s rent in advance and that includes security deposit! Considering most landlords in the Hamptons handle these rentals themselves, it’s an added layer of headache for anyone who wants to take that summer trip and leave the mayhem of summer. In addition to all of this there are now caps on late fees, tenant screenings and time frames for evictions. If you want more information on this headache inducing new way of doing things, make sure to click here on attorney Andrew Lieb’s outline of the new regulations in this weeks Dan’s Papers.
AGAIN!??? A few days ago, I got an inquiry about one of my rental listings. While this is pretty common this time of year, what was unusual is that the inquiry came from a young woman in the city who apparently had been in communication with “me.” Lucky for her, she accidently deleted the email chain and had to google “me” to make contact again. The only problem is she was not corresponding with me but rather someone who had cloned my rental listing online and placed a short term rental ad on Craigslist. It’s sad but this is not the first time this has happened to me. Apparently this person was charging $500/night for 6+ bedroom house south of the highway with the money due upfront. Hey, once again if it looks too good to be true kids…. it’s probably a scam. Meanwhile, I encouraged her to either use a broker or even look at sites like VRBO and skip Craigslist. In the end I alerted to Craigslist to this fraudulent ad and 5 days later, they’ve yet to remove it. I know I didn’t post it nor did the owner of the house. Meanwhile, if any of you are planning to impersonate me online….. can you at least give me six pack abs in any of the photos?
Now after dealing with all of this drama, I’m going to spend some time relaxing and go cruising on Instagram. I mean, what better way to appreciate the Hamptons than eating cookies, lying on the sofa and seeing how much more fun everyone else is having!!? But before I tell you who I’m following, feel free to follow me at @PJMHAMPTONS. You can learn all about my dogs, Tate’s cookies and my latest properties for sale.
@roundswampfarm & @loavesandfishesfoodstore – The ultimates in Hamptons food porn! I mean how else would you learn that the Jalapeno Bean Burger is back or th
at you need an almond cheese danish!?
@hamptonsrealestateshowcase – a quick peek at some of the newest and best real estate properties around.
@thewatermillcenter – The center that hosts one of the funkiest events of the summer also gives you an amazing look into some cutting edge art pieces via their Instagram posts. Featuring everything from Lady Gaga to well, who knows this is a must follow.
@hamptonscarspotter – exotic, classic and anything that looks cool on wheels is featured in this east end account. So far, they’ve not yet featured my 14 year old Jeep Sahara with 100k miles but hey the summer is still young.
@libbylangdon – Libby is an interior designer and TV personality with quick ideas for making your home a little more “Hamptons.” Her sunny and perky and informative posts will wake you up faster than two cups of espresso!
@modelbartenders – if you don’t have good looking friends you might as well have some good looking staff. RIGHT?! Ok, technically this is a NYC based account but they do serve the Hamptons and it features models! EYE CANDY!
@truth_training – you’ll never get to be a @modelbartender unless you work out like the folks on this account. I find it so inspiring I’m going to do some kettlebell lifts right after I finish the cinnamon roll from @roundswampfarm. Seriously though there is some great information about their classes and ideas for fighting flab.
@hedgeshamptons – meet the brokers, celebrity news and go behind the hedges (get it?) of some of the most stunning homes you can’t afford. Yep, its total real estate porn and worth following!
@justfredericoazevedo and @hollander_design – two of the hottest landscape designers around! Be inspired by Frederico Azevedo and Ed Hollander or just be wowed by their stunning landscape designs. It’s like a walk in the park without leaving your sofa… or your Tate’s cookies.
@gimmeshelteranimalrescue – Cuteness overload and they’re all available for adoption! Share some of their posts and maybe you can get a furry fur legged friend a home.
@Mecoxbaydairy – it’s a glimpse into country living at its best. Cheese. MMMMMMM… CHEEEESSEEE. Oh and there’s also COWS! Who doesn’t like looking at the face of a cow!!? Of course, unless it’s before your going to LT Burger.
In what’s probably one of the better business moves this summer, Sag Harbor staple Provisions will be adding another location at the former site of Citerella in Water Mill shopping center.
A smart move considering every Saturday and Sunday, the area swarms with Lululemonites loitering after the SoulCycle classes next door. Which means getting a green juice or smoothie just got a lot easier!! Thank the lord…. or at least the owners of Provisions. If you’ve never been to Sag Harbor location, it’s probably one of the best natural food markets anywhere and the organic cafe is always packed!! According to highly placed sources (the guy at the cash register yesterday), the Water Mill location will be opening sometime in Mid-July. While I’m sure it will swamped like their other location, they may want to burn some sage to be safe. It couldn’t hurt to clean some of the possible bad juju that sunk Citarella (in that location), Avanti market (which I loved), West Elm and Blockbuster video (damn you streaming video!)! Anyway, you can check out their website by clicking here for more details.
Well, the calendar says it’s June and the summer season is defintiely upon us. But like the traffic jams on 27 and the blooms of the rhodaden… Roudaden….. Rhodamorgenterns… errrr… RHODODENDRON (like you know how to spell it?) there are other signs that that it’s that time of year in the Hamptons! Here are a few that I always look for…
Wolffer Vineyards becomes the Pumpkin Town of warm weather on Friday Nights! Screaming kids, parents that ignore them, jazz music and cars lining up and down the highway…. all with Summer in a Bottle… it’s beach living at it’s finest!
People are constantly asking every store, restaurant, real estate office and bank for their wifi password! Cell service sucks in the Hamptons…. we all know it. It’s even suckier in the summer! Period. Listen I get it…. it’s isolating and frustrating. But maybe this summer we can try checking our social media accounts when we get home people!? Nahhhh. I hate talking to people in person too!
There’s a stranded German luxury car on the beach! If you drive two days a week for 12 weeks a year, maybe getting a Range Rover or Mercedes G-Class isn’t such a great idea (also other people need parking spaces too!) Try starting with something smaller and easier to handle and perhaps watertight like a VW bug. Just because you have 4 wheel drive doesn’t mean your car is good for beach driving, especially as the high tide is coming!
Restaurant Managers get Amnesia! If you’ve ever seen the movie “What’s Up Doc,” you’ll remember the scene where Madeline Kahn gets dragged out of a banquet by her heels when her fiance says “I’ve never seen this woman before in my life.” Well that’s how more than a few of us feel this time of year when we head out to eat on weekend night. Ummm, I’m the guy who comes in every Monday in October and April and I’m the only one in the place?! Patrick?! No!? Grrrrrr.
Anyway, enough complaining…. I’m loving the warm weather, the calls from my long lost relatives and paying double for everything! It’s summer in the Hamptons everyone!!! Party on!
I can feel it! The days are longer and the weekends are getting a little more crowded with city folk looking for their summer retreat. So while we all enjoy the re-leaf of spring and increasing temperatures, it’s actually time for beach lovers to think about Summer! Yep, those coveted East Hampton Village beach passes have been on sale for a
while now and the supplies are running low. According to the folks at the Village Clerk’s offices there are currently less than 200 still available for the Summer ’19 season. But don’t panic if you can’t make it out here to pick up your sticker. You can go online and purchase your pass. If you need the link, click here. Remember, you need the pass to legally park at village beaches after 9 am to 4pm from May 15th to September 15th. I know with the cold damp weather it might not seem like it, but summer is approaching faster than you know.
Sometimes you really wanna go where everybody knows your name. One way to ensure that will happens is to get in on what more and more Hamptons homeowners are discovering, bars are the new media rooms. Yep, you heard me right! It’s something I discovered for myself a few years ago when my partner and I bought our “spec” house in East Hampton. In the family room was a big, bulky and industrial looking wet bar. It felt like my college pub without the broken glass and funky smell. My first thought was to pull the sucker out but after our first get together we noticed this had become the focal point for the party. Eventually, we renovated and changed the bar to its current state (pictured) where it is still the place everybody hangs! It really makes entertaining fun and apparently I’m not the only one who think so. In just the past few months I’ve listed homes both new and old with expansive set ups; wine fridges, sinks, dishwashers, ice machines, etc. But most important of all buyers are looking for homes that have these entertaining centers. I guess it’s all part of what author Faith Popcorn called cocooning. Home is the place to be and people enjoy bringing the outside world into their homes. Now if I could only get my dog to change his name to Norm. Below some of the more impressive (but far from the only) bars currently on the market. It’s a far cry from that 1970s basement version with the budweiser light and shag carpet.
Lower Level entertaining at 633 Hedges Lane, Sagaponack. $9,995,000. Listed by Douglas Elliman… yours truly! Click for more details.
Arts and Crafts coolness at 44 Little Noyac Path, Water Mill. $5,950,000. Listed by Douglas Elliman Joe Piccininni Click Here for more.
Rooftop cocktails at 6 Union Street, Sag Harbor. $7,495,000. Listed by Compass Kathy Zappola & Scott Strough. Click here for details.