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The MTA says there are not enough riders for the East End to upgrade service. The riders say the service stinks, who would want to ride it? Ever try to get to NY or back out East when you really wanted to? It’s challenging, even in summer!

The rail service put in place during the CR 39 construction was deemed “successful” by many. Ridership was up and the number of trains, with proper bus connections were impressive.

Another initiative, the East End Area Shuttle got the green light in 2007 . Where is it hiding?

So, now the MTA is ending non-summer service east of Ronkonkoma on the Greenport line and who knows what’s next?

History leads us to believe it won’t make us smile.

M.T.A. Cuts Prompt New Talk of East End Agency

Itzhak Perlman during a rehearsal. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Itzhak Perlman during a rehearsal. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

I recall 7-8 years ago, when Utzhak Perlman was looking for a spot for his Perlman Music Program on the South Fork and he reportedly zeroed in on land in Sagaponack on the south side of Montauk Hwy around Town Line Road (near the former Alison’s and current Townline BBQ).  The poor folks of Sagaponack were still reeling from the  Ira Rennert fiasco, where he was allowed to build his 60,000 sqft structure on the ocean off Daniels Lane, simply because there were no zoning restrictions that did not allow it.

So, here Mr. Perlman is hoping to put his music program facilities in Sagaponack and he ended up getting blown out of town by the NIMBY’s.  Too bad, it would have made for a lovely use of the property. I bet if they had it to do all over again, he would be welcomed with open arms…

Anyway, he found a terrific spot on Shelter Island and is just a short ferry ride away (wave as you pass The Meadows, will you?). Here’s his schedule of concerts for the East End this summer, starting TONIGHT!

Concerts in the Hamptons and North Fork by Itzhak Perlman Music Program

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Thanks to Valerie Kellogg, from Newsdayhouse-prices-falling for this…

“The asking price for this Mattituck house is being reduced by $5,000 every Wednesday until a deal is struck, reports New York magazine. Now at $1.52 million, the 5,200-square-foot, six-bedroom, 4.5-bath house on nearly five acres, which is owned by a builder, started at $2.85 million.”

Check out the article here

This info is true (and expertly compiled by Jonathan Miller)but remember, some of this info is as much as 6 months behind the actual transactions.

Business that happened in September closed (or didn’t as the case may be) in December or January and got reported in February or March. Sad, but true, this is old news…not that today’s news is much better, but we are hearing of some uptick in spring activity. We’ll have to see if it translates into transactions.

The Real Deal's Jen Benepe talks to market analyst Jonathan Miller, president of appraisal firm Miller Samuel

The Real Deal's Jen Benepe talks to market analyst Jonathan Miller, president of appraisal firm Miller Samuel


masthead_subpagesThe number of sales peaked at 3,170 deals in 2005… and the median sales price topped off at $860,000 in 2007 for the Hamptons and North Fork.   Last year (2008), the median dropped to $750,000 and sales fell to 1,659 deals.

See the whole post below:

Good Decade for Home Prices in Hamptons, North Fork


See the Miller Samuels Ten Year Hamptons and North Fork Market Report

sliver or silver lining?

According to the Long Island Edition of  The Real Estate Report, the total dollar volume reported for East End (Hamptons and North Fork) real estate sales is down 66% for  February 2009. Grim indeed.  A few things to keep in mind:

-these are reported sales during this time period. Some of these transfers actually took place in Nov and Dec ’08 and Jan ’09. Due to the “carrier pigeon technology” Suffolk County still uses and the fact that Hamptons brokers still resist implementation of an MLS, there is NO timely reporting for sales on most of the South Fork.

– there was a fairly large block (50+) of small lots sold for $41,000 in Westhampton by Pulte Homes to another developer in these reports. These 50 of 175 sales did bring down the average and median price somewhat, but imagine if these 50 sales didn’t happen? Then the number of sales reported in Feb ’09 would have been down 46% instead of only 24% ( I think that called a cloud in the silver lining…)

during this 4 week period, there were only 3 foreclosure sales reported.

Here’s some of the numbers:

East End Reported Sales Feb 2009

East End Reported Sales Feb 2009

compiled by m.daly


The North Fork, which begins about 80 miles east of Manhattan, is surrounded by the waters of Peconic Bay and Long Island Sound, and encompasses about a dozen hamlets, more than 40 wineries, many farm stands and nurseries and a great number of beaches, many with lighthouse views.

High & Low | North Fork, Long Island

Less Buzz, More Tranquility

Published: January 15, 2009

I remember my grandfather, Joe McNamara tending to his garden behind our neighbor Louise’s house in Westhampton in 1962.  Pop-pop was a big man, bigger than life to me. His hands were so big that I could only hold onto one of his giant fingers as we walked from the house to the garden…looking for bunnies that were trying to eat his carrots.

Tomatoes, cauliflower (yuk), cabbage (double yuck), carrots, string beans, zucchini and squash all grew throughout the summer. He tried other things, but tomatoes were always the competition among the “natives” and my pop-pop (the city folk). 

I remember, we once drove over to the north fork and bought the biggest tomato we had ever seen and came back and put it in his garden.  When Harold Luce came over, pop-pop invited him for a walk through the garden and when they came to the tomato, we could hear them yelling from the house. “Lizzie, Lizzie” pop-pop yelled to my grandma, going along with the surprise. Harold was laughing like crazy and he was so excited, he bit off the end of the cigar he always had hanging out of the corner of his mouth.  ” I guess you city-folk can do sumpin’!” said Harold as he tipped his hat to the giant (nofo) tomato…

God, I miss my pop-pop…and his garden.

Here’s a look at what has become of the vegetable garden. I suppose it’s like dressing up our dogs in different clothes for different occasions…

The Vegetable Patch Goes Luxe

Homeowners Hire Experts to Install Lavish
Gardens; Why the Help Gets the Bounty
By ELLEN GAMERMAN, The Wall Street Journal
July 25, 2008; Page W8

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