THE ULTIMUTT EVENT THIS WEEKEND!

Walk Your Dogs for a Great Cause in Sag Harbor

For those who don’t know me personally, I’m a major dog lover, and I’m a massive fan of all our local shelters and rescue groups, which gave me my jack russell terrier/beagle mix, Russell, and Bella, my incredibly loud and bark-a-rific malamute/black Lab/Australian cattle dog mix. There are a million rescue organizations to love out there and I love them all (why wouldn’t I?), whether it’s ARF, Last Chance Animal Rescue, Gimmie Shelter, Best Friends—you name it. I’ve also grown very fond of NYC’s No Dogs Left Behind, aka NDLB, which is hosting their inaugural Walk for Awareness Dog-a-Thon starting at 10 a.m. this Saturday, June 19 at Havens Beach (1 Havens Lane) in Sag Harbor. I urge any dog lover or owner who’s able to take part in NDLB’s latest, and local, effort to raise awareness about the reckless slaughtering of dogs in Asia. It must not continue!

SIMBA… Now flying first class and eating at the finest restaurants in Tribeca!

You can register for this one-mile walk starting at 9 a.m. the day of the Dog-a-Thon, or, if you happen to see this today, June 17, register online at nodogsleftbehind.com/dog-a-thon/, where you can also find out how to be a virtual participant. The $50 registration fee goes to the very best of causes, and it will get you admission, an event T-shirt, water and doggie poop bags for your four-legged friends. Tables will also be set up with coffee, pastries, doggie treats and water, raffle baskets, NDLB merch, and even dogs to adopt.

One of my fellow Elliman brokers and friend, Jason Walker from our NYC office, is a very active supporter of NDLB—he’s also the one my Hamptons houseguest that refuses to leave (and I have to turn off the wi-fi), but he’s literally a saint for the world’s canines in need. You may have read (click here) about Jason’s amazing work rescuing large numbers of dogs from China’s barbaric Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat festival, where they are literally butchered and eaten. Among them was his beloved Simba who is now his partner in crime and flies with him everywhere and eats at better restaurants than most of us.

Please join Jason and me, and so many more good-hearted dog supporters, on Saturday. Bella, Russell and I look forward to seeing you! 

EH VILLAGE BEACH PASS UPDATE… & MY LIFE BEHIND BARS!

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

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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 brokgreenhollowbaren 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.

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Arts and Crafts coolness at 44 Little Noyac Path, Water Mill.   $5,950,000.   Listed by Douglas Elliman Joe Piccininni  Click Here for more. 

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Rooftop cocktails at 6 Union Street, Sag Harbor.  $7,495,000.   Listed by Compass Kathy Zappola & Scott Strough.  Click here for details.

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CHEERS!!!

 

Barking News!!! It’s a doggone good time in the Hamptons!!

Today show reporter Jill Rappaport & friend

I have some “barking news” here!   Two of my favorite Hamptons organizations are getting together in what sounds like a doggone good time!  Bay Street Theatre is partnering with ARF (Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons for  the “Travels with Charley” Dog Walk on Saturday, May 4th at 8:30 am!   Today show host and dog advocate Jill Rappaport will be there as host.   The walk will start at Haven’s Beach in Sag Harbor and finish at Bay Street Theatre.   There will be a “Bagels and Bones” reception immediately after the walk.  I’ll be there because Bella and Russell love bagels!
The walk is obviously a fundraiser that will  cover 5k or a little over 3 miles with a $25 entrance fee.  There will also be a GRAND PRIZE to the person who raises the most money!  Now, just know I will website and ARF’s website.
be the one who raises the most.  YOU GOT A BONE TO PICK WITH THAT?!   If your interested in hanging with Bella, Russell, Jill Rappaport and me you can get more info from Bay Street theatre on their website.
Now it’s a good time to paws and get the latest news on Hamptons real estate as Douglas Elliman released it’s latest “Elliman Report: Hamptons Sales 1Q 2013.”   As you’ve been hearing the market has been brisk the past few months and the new market report confirms it.    2013 started at a rapid pace tail end of the year.   If you want more details you can download a copy of the report from Douglas Elliman.

Finally, some have a bone to pick with the Hamptons and the fact it’s just gotten too darn expensive out here!  Recently I had a chance to sit down with my friend author Stephen Gaines and LTV host and Southampton Press editor Dawn Watson about the state of the Hamptons economy.  Take a look and in the meantime, I’ll stop hounding you with my horrible puns!