Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor has announced the three productions planned for the 2018 Summer Season. The first will be the World Premiere of FELLOW TRAVELERS, (May 29 – June 17), a new play that examines the relationship between legendary theater artists Arthur Miller and Elia Kazan and their close relationship to Marilyn Monroe. The show examines how the politics of the McCarthy era affected the friendship between the two and their work.
The second will be FROST/NIXON (June 26 – July 22), by Peter Morgan. The third production is the musical EVITA, (July 31 – August 26) by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. I have to say, I love the selection and given the current political climate right now these plays couldn’t be more relevant. I think I’ve seen Evita more than any other Broadway show, Lupone, Rogers and others. One of my favorite numbers is “A New Argentina” which is the end of the first act. If you’ve only seen the movie, take a minute and watch this highlight from the 1980 Tony Awards with Patti Lupone as Eva Peron.
It’s a great piece of theatre which I think was overly modulated and homogenized for the movie. So homogenized in fact I still refer to the cheesy celluloid version as “Velveeta.”
Now from the don’t say I didn’t tell you department! East Hampton Village Beach passes for the Summer of ’18 are almost gone! According to agents at village hall only about 200 of the 3100 permits still remain. If you can’t make it out here you can go online andtake your chances and mail in your application. Click here for the details. Just remember if you don’t have a pass some select beaches will be selling daily passes, so you won’t be totally out of luck. But here is a better idea, you can get a bike and pedal there AND save about $40 by skipping the SoulCycle class. But what fun would that be? Nobody will get to see how good you look in your new Lululemon outfit!
While the weather outside is still a loooooong way from summer, things are apparently heating up in Sag Harbor. The big gossip? That the site of the former restaurant Muse will soon be a new outpost for DKNY and her daughter’s Tutto Il Giorno restaurant. Apparently the designer with the garlic touch is close to inking a deal to buy the building next to the laundromat and Yummilicious for a little under $6 million bucks. The space which also has a small retail space to the side will also be the future home of the retail store Urban Zen which according to their own facebook page features, “A philosophy of living inspired by Donna Karan. “I have spent decades dressing people. Now I want to address them.” I swear it says that! You can’t make this stuff up! But what ever you think, the food at Tutto rocks! Good news for the Harbor.
Switching now to really annoying quotes from rich people. Everyone’s least favorite celebrity, Goop will be moving into the site currently occupied by Urban Zen on Bay St. My head already hurts form this news. I really hope it’s just gossip but I do believe my sources. Yes, Gwyneth Paltrow the woman who claims she learned about discrimination from donning a fat suit in Shallow Hal is coming to Sag Harbor. OH! She also said with a straight face “being on set is more difficult than being an ordinary working mom.” Yes, that Oscar winning cultural guru is bringing her absurdly priced retail items to the Hamptons again (Amagansett dodged the bullet ). Oh joy! I don’t know what to say. In one year we lose Conca d’Oro and instead get the woman responsible for these pearls of wisdom. Insert crying, eye-rolling, sick, laughing emoji here!
Well enough about celebrity real estate and let’s talk about real real estate. Like what to do to help you get that house sold! Recently I brought my friend Susan Beard who is a local designer and stager to help me with this listing here. It was no easy task but she was up to the challenge and helped the owners and me bring this East Hampton home from shab to fab (insert eye roll emoji here). Seriously though, she did a great job.
If you want to contact Susan about helping you sell or design advice, e mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
I know I’ve been a bit remiss in writing my blog this summer. But while I’m sure none of you lost sleep awaiting my latest post, at least know you’re always reading something relatively fresh. I mean how easy would it be to turn this into a “Men’s Health” type blog where I just repeat the same old stories with different fonts over and over again. “How lose 20 lbs by Labor Day, How to Have Your Best Summer Ever, Bathing Suits for Every Build.” Blah Blah Blah.
In the meantime, I have so many things I wanted to write about over the course of the past few months but I never had time to put finger to key or at least the focus. So rather than do one long coherent post, I’m just going to let it all out. So, now here are my observations during the summer of ’17 on the East End and my hopes for next year.
Next summer, I will be hooking up a for pay wi-fi system at my house. The first 24 hours are free, after that it’s $99.00 a day. I mean are you here to visit me or watch Netflix?!
“Casual” in the Hamptons means only 3 people insult your outfit.
It’s really not cool to gasp at another person’s sunburn. Yes, it hurts and the look of horror doesn’t help in any way what soever.
How does one get a speeding ticket on Rt. 27 in the Summer????
If you’re under 5’1” then maybe driving a Range Rover two days a week for three months a year isn’t really a good idea. Doing it while texting is an ever worse idea. May I suggest maybe getting a Smart Car and leaving the phone on the seat beside you!?
When driving west, isn’t it a little weird that Stephen Hands is so close to Daniels Hole?
My favorite overheard conversation at the Golden Pear, “She wore Lululemon to her f*****g wedding!”
Next year, I dare restaurants in the Hamptons to offer discounts for people who leave their smart phones in the car! I really think it would actually improve things more than you think.
Speaking of restaurants… I’m sorry but if I am paying more than $25 for an entree, I don’t want to hear your kids screaming in my ears at dinner. If you can afford the entree you can afford a baby sitter for an hour.
Finally, September is really the best month in the Hamptons. But please don’t tell anyone or write a stupid blog telling others. Let’s just keep it between us.
When buying or selling a home one of the most common questions I get asked (other than “Where is the property line? Duh, look where the neighbor stops mowing the lawn.”) is what stays and what goes in the transaction. Yes, I get asked if, “are they leaving the coffee maker, what about the runner on the stairs, the original Hockney over the fireplace and the water-pick in the downstairs master?” You’d be surprised what some folks think they get to take and what others think should stay. So, if that Clash song is going through your head, “Should I stay or Should I Go” (and hopefully not because of that awful commercial for Choice Hotels) look no further, I have a legal expert here to sharpen the fuzzy details.
Douglas Moliterno is the founder of Hamptons Law, a boutique law firm located in Amagansett specializing in real estate and estate planning law. I recently had a chance to discuss with him some of the finer points of selling a home on the East End. Here’s what he had to say:
Q1 –Hi Doug, often sellers and buyers aren’t exactly sure what stays and what goes with a home sale. I usually tell people, if it’s nailed, bolted-in or or otherwise permanently attached, it stays. Is that a good rule of thumb?
Good rule of thumb. I also use the term “built-in” to describe items that stay.
Q2 – What about wall mounted televisions?
A good rule of thumb is that the wall mounts are fixtures and should remain but the TVs are personalty and can go – always best to be clear up front as this isn’t a straight forward issue and the buyer and seller might have a different understanding of it.
Q3 – I recently had an awkward situation with a swing set. Do they usually get included with a sale?
The swing-set should be included if it is bolted or cemented into the ground. If it’s not “attached,” then it should likely be considered personalty and can be taken by the seller – again, always best to clear this up from since it’s not always clear to both buyers and sellers
Q4 – I’ve also had people try to take the washer and dryer. That’s usually included in the sale with most contracts? Do buyers need to make sure they’ll be included?
Unless specifically excluded up front by the seller, there should be no question about whether a washer and dryer (and other major appliances are included) – of course they are part of the purchase.
Q5 – What about bathroom mirrors?
My typical rule with mirrors is that they can be taken by the seller if they are hanging on hooks or nails, etc.; if they are nailed in or bolted, then they should remain.
Q6 – What do sellers and buyers need to do to avoid these sort of problems?
Work with a good broker that knows what to look out for and knows which gray areas (wall-mounted TVs, swing sets) can cause problems/awkward situations down the road. If not negotiated properly and clearly up front this can become an unneeded problem.
If you’d like to contact Doug he can be reached at his office in Amagansett. 631-267-2700 or via e mail at INFO@HAMPTONSLAW.COM.
In the 80’s it was chicken wings, in the 90’s it was sushi and the 00’s it was cupcakes and Rose wine. BUT WHAT DO DRINK WITH THAT CHILLED BOTTLE OF ROSE!? What is the hottest food trend hitting the east end? It might be hard to believe but the delicacy of the moment appears to be Fried Chicken! I kid you not, in spite of the fact there is a line outside Soul-Psycho every week, those same spinners are are lining up and paying good bucks to chow down on Colonel Sander’s favorite dish. But there’s no Colonel Sander’s in the Hamptons (thank god, it’s not as good as you remember) where is the proof? Well don’t get your feathers ruffled and look no further than the lines at lunch time for Cromer’s Market in Sag Harbor. Every Saturday the Fried Chicken is first to go and the hungry hungry hippos….err I mean Hamptonites are lining up to get their hands on this caloric delicacy.
Red Horse Market in East Hampton also specializes in a fried chicken that has become a favorite among some of the famous and non-famous locals. No names mentioned but one is a late night talk show host.
For those with more epicurian tastes, the number one rated restaurant in the country Eleven Madison Park is offering a “Fried Chicken Feast” with coleslaw, rolls, potato salad, pickels, water melon and fresh baked pie all for the frugal price of $75 dollars a person. By the way, reservations are required (hahahah good luck with that one) and shock of all shocks…. gratuity is not included.
East Hampton Grill which is arguably the most popular eatery in the Hamptons right now is also putting their feathers in the ring with their new “Flying Chicken” menu. All summer long starting at 11 am, you can order their “Grandma Ding’s Cripsy Fried Chicken” to go. Prices start at about $12 for 3 piece and buscuit lunches and go up to $48 for 12 pieces and 6 buscuits. You can also get their famous cole slaw, tabbouleh salad and sodas and sparkling water to round out your poultry party pack. The food is for take out…. and some limited seating in the restaurant. Click here for more details.