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Thanks to Editor Steven Nicastro steven.nicastro@patch.com at The Levittown Patch, we have the Long Island beach Guide, which we have excerpted the Hamptons Section.

And while, it is typically difficult for “out of area” folks to do our local delicacies justice, Steven has done a pretty good job describing our beaches.  Just the same, it is a fairly comprehensive list, so check it out:

THE HAMPTONS

While the western Long Island beaches are great, world-class, even, the beaches on the South Fork stretching from West Hampton Dunes to Montauk are a rare breed, marked by rolling waves and soft sand set in front of some of the most dramatic real estate in the United States. Since the region has dozens of beaches, each unique, please click through to each expanded directory listing for more details. Fees and permits vary depending what village and town or village manages the beach. In many cases, parking permits are only available to locals, but taxi options and walk-ons give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the beaches.

Westhampton – Hampton Bays

Beaches in this stretch are part of the Westhampton Island, a barrier island like Fire Island to the West. In this case, Dune Road runs the length of it, from the quiet of West Hampton Dunes, the party-heavy Westhampton Beach and ending at Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays at the gateway to the Hamptons.

Quogue Village Beach – One of the quietest beaches on Dune Road west of the Shinnecock Canal, Quogue Village beach is low-key, with a playground and a concession stand to go with the perfect sand.

Cupsogue Beach – This Suffolk County park is a local paradise, with long sandy beaches, a cabana, hiking trails, four-wheel access, free Wi-Fi and the chance to spot local seals sunning on sandbars.

Lashley Beach – Managed by the Village of Westhampton, Lashley is offers a local hideaway and surfing spot that far less rowdy than the shores at the Dune Deck Beach Resort nearby.

Ponquogue Beach – This beach, run by the Town of Southampton, is another local gem, stretching to the end of the barrier island. Beach, surf, concessions and showers are available, but the family atmosphere is what attracts most. It’s a gorgeous spot.

Tiana Beach – Another county-run beach, but this ones has a few different faces. By day it’s lazy and family oriented, but with the nearby clubs Tiana can become a lot more spirited as the day rolls on.

Meschutt Beach County Park – Being on the interior of the Shinnecock Bay brings still water to this county beach. Camping, boating and bathing are great here, and so is the seafood served at the Meschutt Beach Hut.

Southampton

Southampton’s beaches are pristine, with heavyweights Cooper’s and Sagg Main Beach often scoring top ranks in national polls. Permits and fees can depend on which municipality is running the beach and a few offer daily passes, often only on weekdays. Either way, the scenery is like no other, with perfect dunes and picturesque estates stretching for miles.

Shinnecock East County Park – The only Suffolk county beach in Southampton, Shinnecock East is actually the westernmost beach on The Hamptons coast. A major fishing spot, Shinnecock highlights its undeveloped scenery. Southampton

Southampton Town

Sagg Main Beach – This might be perfect Hamptons beach setting, with few features to get in the way of the scenery. Perhaps that’s why droves of seasonal visitors tend to choose this beach. Every other Monday evening during the summer, Sagg Main Beach is the site of a large drum circle, with other spectacles like the occasional visit from fire dancers. No weekend passes for non-residents.

Mecox Beach – This Bridgehampton beach offers endless sand, and limited amenities. The setting is enough. Offers weekend non-resident passes.

Flying Point Beach – If you aren’t local, be sure to make arrangements to get to this Water Mill Beach since no daily passes are available. Incredibly scenic, with the dramatic Channel Pond behind the beach and the Water Mill beach Club nearby. No weekend non-resident passes.

Long Beach Park (Foster Memorial Town Beach) – Located in the hamlet of Noyac, Long Beach Park brings the expected calm of a bay beach, with still waters that are great for boating and fishing. On a narrow strip of land popular with sunbathers, it is a safe and scenic route for cyclists. Offers non-resident passes.

Southampton Village

Coopers Beach – Selected by “Dr. Beach” in 2010 as America’s best beach and, more recently, by National Geographic Traveler as the No. 2 family beach, Coopers is definitely a local champion. The only village beach with lifeguards, Cooper’s also gives visitors the option to rent chairs and umbrellas and has a complete concession stand to keep visitors well fed and hydrated. Grassy dunes, soft sand, and stately mansions dot the horizon at Coopers. And if the parking fee is too steep, the bike ride from Southampton Village isn’t so bad. The newly launched SpotRide will take you there for free.

The rest of Southampton Village beaches each offer their own slice of the coast, and in many cases give locals and returning seasonal guests serene getaways from the often crowded “scenes” at some of the more notable beaches in Southampton. Summer-long permits are required at Fowler Beach,Cryder BeachRoad G BeachHalsey Neck BeachWyandanch BeachGin BeachLittle Plains Beach and Old Town Beach while no permit is required at Road D Beach.

Sag Harbor Village

Havens Beach – For fans of North Fork Beaches, Sag Harbor’s Havens Beach is your typical scenic Peconic Bay treasure, with views of sailboats on the smooth bay waters and Shelter Island’s coast in the distance. Typical Sag Harbor resident only pass required on weekends in season.

East Hampton – Montauk

The riches of Hamptons beaches continues into East Hampton, where the sands, waves and the mansions tend to swell as you move East. But cross into Montauk and the surf clubs and swank scenes start to change until you at last hit Camp Hero with its miles of wilderness, bluffs and the Montauk Lighthouse at The End. For East Hampton and Montauk beaches, fees and accessibility depend on who runs them, but services such as Hamptons Free Ride can help visitors without permits get on the beaches.

Camp Hero State Park – The end of Long Island, Camp Hero is a wilderness like no other, with interior trails frequented by hikers, bikers and horseback riders, a museum, the historic Montauk Point Lighthouse and steep, dramatic bluffs that fall into the rough Atlantic Ocean. State park fees apply on the weekends, but the park is open for free during the week. A very popular spot for surf casting, too.

East Hampton Village

Main Beach – Easily the most visited beach in East Hampton, Main Beach offers a full pavilion with food and drinks, piping plover nests and grassy dunes along a stretch of beach that yearly attracts droves for its perfect vantage point to watch the Labor Day fireworks. It can definitely get crowded, though.  Village Parking passes required between Memorial Day and Labor Day…** Parking tickets will be given out for no pass!

Georgica Beach – Normally a peaceful beach for visitors who want less hub-bub, devastating erosion from Hurricane Irene has left this beach closed while officials work to replenish the sand and fix the damage. Village Parking Permit required.

Wiborg Beach – Located right near the Maidstone Club, the tucked-away and very scenic Wiborg has long been a favorite of surfers. However, there are no bathrooms or lifeguards here, though approvals for lifeguards are in the works. Village 
Parking Permit required.

Egypt Beach – On the other side of the Maidstone Club, Egypt is a bit more rugged than its neighbor Wiborg, but locals know it as one of the best places to catch the sunset. No lifeguards, though.

Two Mile Hollow Beach – A large parking lot with a daily rate makes this beautiful beach another often visited attraction. Not much by way of amenities, but very relaxing.

East Hampton Town

Indian Wells Beach – While the sand and surf are big draws here, as well as the family friendly atmosphere and volleyball courts, the row of food trucks that park there give this beach a unique draw. Surfers love it, too.

Ditch Plains – Another beach loved by locals and visitors alike, Ditch Plains is a huge favorite of surfers. Only two miles from the heart of Montauk, the beach also has beautiful cliffs that stand out in a region where sand dunes are more common to find on the beach.

Like Ditch Plains and Indian Wells, lifeguards can also be found at ocean beaches such as Atlantic Beach in Amagansett, Kirk Park Beach in Montauk and Edison Beach in Montauk while unprotected and still incredibly scenic beaches include Little Albert’s Landing in Amagansett Lazy Point in Amagansett, South Lake in Montauk, Beach Lane in Wainscott and Townline Road Beachin Wainscott. Kirk Park offers a daily rate on weekdays.

The town also has a few bay beaches that offer calmer waters for young swimmers and spectacular boating and fishing. Those are Albert’s Landing in Amagansett, Gin Beach in Montauk andMaidstone Park in Springs.

“It’s a new day for us,” said Randy King, a tribal trustee. “We want to try to become a self-sufficient community.”

see story here

Dec 15, 09 6:20 PM

The Shinnecock Indian Nation received a preliminary ruling granting federal recognition to the indigenous East End tribe on Tuesday afternoon…

If the preliminary ruling is followed by another favorable ruling after the comment period, the Shinnecock Indian Nation would be immediately eligible for benefits, but that would only be the first step to opening a gaming facility, Mr. Bishop said. “The gaming process itself is a three-step process,” he said. The first step is federal recognition; after that, the tribe would have to identify the land they want to use to open a facility and once again apply to the BIA to take that land into trust. The third step, which he said can run concurrently with the application to the BIA, is to enter into discussions with the governor and State Legislature to outline the terms and conditions of what could take place in the facility, and what the state would share in terms of tax revenue.

see whole post here

I remember following Alan and Kim through that house, listening intently to Jeff Colle’s best dog ‘n pony…there was no one better than Jeff.   Brazilian hardwood floors, reclaimed barn wood, herringbone brick fireplaces and a guest suite for mother. Radiant heated floors, his and hers bathrooms, superbly engineered heating and cooling with constant humidity control and an extensive land sculpting plan with drainage to accommodate the over-sized gunite pool.  It was the most handsome house I had ever seen.  Alan liked it…Kim HAD to have it…Alan bought it. Nice!

Alan was Paul Brennan’s customer, who I was fortunate enough to meet and start working with as an assistant, soon after I began in the business. I was on the ballz of my ass after my marriage broke up and I moved from Remsenberg to Sag Harbor to launch a career in real estate. After all, I had burned out in the restaurant business after nearly 20 years, I can’t hit a nail with a hammer and have a brown thumb. What else was I going to do to try and make a living on the East End?

Paul had the customers in the Rolodex that he spun through constantly, I did the research on what to show them…he had final say, but I KNEW this was the house…and I was right. Oh, what a feeling! $5,350,000. It should have been an open listing, but Jeff ended up giving the exclusive to a soon-to-be-ex ( if I recall correctly)…gawd!  It pissed Paul off, but I was just happy to be doing business, wanting to give up the bartending  and bookkeepping shifts I had taken on in Wainscott to pay the rent.

The first time “it” happened, was a few months earlier with the first house that David Silvera was building on Halsey Farm Drive in Southampton, with another of Paul’s customers. That one was $3,000,000

Then again, with the house that Barry Brown built for Rob Tanner on Sarah’s Way in East Hampton (which has been on the market for 2+ years)

My how things have changed…here’s Alan and Kim’s East Hampton house, back on the market…9 years later.

Weekly Mortgage Rates: June 1, 2009

MonitorBankRates.com – ‎4 hours ago‎
Jumbo one year ARM rates averaged 5.92 up from 5.64 percent. Interest only adjustable rate mortgages also went up last week. 3/1 conforming ARM rates rose

Christie Brinkley’s model advice: ‘Have an exit strategy’
New York Daily News – New York,NY,USA
Brinkley won custody of her two young kids and a palatial Hamptons home in the 2008 feud with ex-hubby Peter Cook, who cheated on her with a gorgeous

**Ed Note…I don’t do ‘gossip’ here, but Christie is one classy woman and owns so much Hamptons real estate that anything she says…I follow.md

Many Indian casinos aren’t big moneymakers
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
BY KARLA SCHUSTER | karla.schuster@newsday.com Performers stand by for the Shinnecock Indian Powwow in the Hamptons. (Newsday File Photo / Ana P. Gutierrez

Shinnecocks and Montauketts fight to regain areas taken in
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
By Steve Wick and Thomas Maier | Staff Writers Real estate promoters and local officials eager to bring the railroad to the East End of Long Island used

Dreier’s Hamptons homes, NY flat to be auctioned
Reuters – USA
apartment and two Hamptons beach homes of convicted lawyer Marc Dreier will be auctioned off in the coming weeks, according to a real estate website,

Hot Hamptons Hangout casaCARA.com

MY PROUDEST POSSESSION these days is the round green sticker on the front bumper of my car. It’s my ticket to the Town of East Hampton Recycling Center, aka The Dump

It’s clear that the infrastructure of roads and municipal services for a casino on the Shinnecock Reservation is not feasable and that other areas, such as the former Grumman site in Calverton, located at the end of 495 – the Long Island Expressway – is much more likely. Looks like this one is coming down to ‘decision time’…

Shinnecock Indian Reservation

Shinnecock Indian Reservation

The Shinnecocks are based in Southampton, N.Y. Once federally recognized, they would immediately have the right to build a “Class II” casino on their 800-acre reservation, a designation that would mean they could have thousands of video slot machines, but no table games. Like other tribes, the Shinnecocks see a casino as a way to lift their members out of poverty, a condition highlighted by the tribe’s proximity to the extravagance of the Hamptons.

See complete NYTimes story here

First Photos!

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POP-UPS POP UP IN THE HAMPTONS

But now, with summer just weeks away, property owners are relenting; they’re offering dramatically shortened leases to lure penny-conscious tenants. These leases, which historically lasted 10 years, can now be had for as short as five months.Retailers who take these mini-leases are known as “pop-up stores” for their ability to speedily put down and take out tent stakes. Four have opened or are slated to open in East Hampton, including Hermes (63 Main Street), Michael Kors (48 Main Street), Brooks Brothers (54 Main Street) and Trina Turk (79 Main Street). Jimmy Choo will also open a pop-up store in East Hampton at a yet-to-be-determined address, brokers say, though store officials didn’t return a call for comment.

Quiet Americans
Financial Times – London,England,UK
“The auction jolted the system in the Hamptons,” he says. “You had people talking about real estate again.” But when will talking lead to buying in earnest

A Time to Grieve: Assessments Up, Despite Market
The Sag Harbor Express – Sag Harbor,New York,USA
Deyermond contends the town must comply with state law, which dictates that properties be assessed based on the real estate market conditions as of July 1,

Dreier’s homes hit auction block
Crain’s New York Business – New York,NY,USA
The disgraced lawyer’s properties in the Hamptons and in midtown are slated to be sold by David R. Maltz & Co. next month. Three residential properties

Surge in Underwater Mortgages Forces Obama Administration to
Money Morning – USA
About 90 homes began the foreclosure process in the towns of East Hampton and Southampton in the first 10 weeks of 2009, according to the Real Estate Report

Rental Market Finally Picks Up
East Hampton Star – NY, USA
Agents are reportedly working hard for their money, hauling potential renters around and haggling with landlords, many of whom refuse to budge on prices already discounted in anticipation of a rough rental season…

County Exec signs off on Boys and Girls Harbor purchase
27east.com – Southampton,NY,USA
According to Deputy County Executive Chris Kent, the contract has been forwarded to the county’s real estate office, which will in turn deliver the contract

Openings: Surf Lodge, Fishbar, c/o The Maidenstone
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
Summer is right around the corner and notices of impending restaurant and club openings in the Hamptons and Montauk are trickling in.

Sunday Real Estate Round-Up, 05/03/09
Luxist – Santa Monica,CA,USA
–via the NY Post, ghree of disgraced lawyer Marc Dreier’s Hamptons homes are about to hit the market. –Lisa Bonder Kerkorian, the ex-wife of billionaire

I suppose it does happen everywhere…crime, homelessness, poverty…and we seem so shocked when it is exposed in our own backyard.  I’ve been on several business trips to the west coast lately and was reminded of how many ‘street people’ living there.   No one likes it, it’s sad, but we have to deal with it.

Also, what’s sad are some of the comments made at the end of this article. As is often the case, the real story is in the comments.

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HOMELESS IN HAMPTONS

NO-JOB LABORERS CAMP NEAR MANSIONS

By SELIM ALGAR

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