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Thanks to Editor Steven Nicastro 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:


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’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.

I am so proud and pleased to have joined Sotheby’s International Realty in Sag Harbor, New York.

Sotheby’s is a world class brand and brokerage, whom every brokerage compares themselves to, but none actually do.

Michael F Daly

Vice President

22 Spring Street

Sag Harbor, New York 11963

Tel 631 525 6000



Thank God something edible went in there…

Photo: Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times  @ Blue Sky in Sag Harbor.

Photo: Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times @ Blue Sky in Sag Harbor.

Mediterranean Touch at Hamptons Newcomer
New York Times
By JOANNE STARKEY BLUE SKY occupies a welcome niche in the Hamptons, somewhere between a high-end place and a neighborhood joint. This charming newcomer in … see complete review here



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 – 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

red_black_logo1Corcoran has also shuttered its 1,800-square-foot office at 28735 Main Road in Cutchogue on the North Fork, moving the agents to a nearby office, and in February, the company closed its Sag Harbor office at 96 Main Street, leaving one remaining Sag Harbor branch at 155 Main and Madison.

see the complete post here

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

Harry Hurt Dumpster Dives

Harry Hurt Dumpster Dives

Sag Harbor, NY resident Harry Hurt writes books, stories and the Executive Pursuits column for The New York Times.  Much thanks to Harry for sharing on this personal level.  See the entire piece after the quote.

“I happened to be in the throes of a divorce, the marital equivalent of foreclosure. Although I had accepted an all-cash offer for the house from an ostensibly wealthy couple, the buyers had recently postponed the closing date to get the money to complete the purchase by selling some stock. Given the downward trend in the Dow Jones industrial average, I was starting to worry that the sale might fall through.

The prospect was chilling. If I was unable to find another buyer or a year-round renter, my house might end up in foreclosure. And I had already signed a one-year lease on a two-bedroom walk-up apartment near the center of the village, which meant there was no turning back on my move out of Chateau Bow Wow.”

Executive Pursuits

After a Life-Altering Event, Cleaning Out and Moving On

Merchants Give Mixed Reviews For Summer ’08

Belts are tightening the most around the middle

By Kate Maier

(9/11/2008)    Businesses shared their insights this week on the summer of 2008, with mixed reports on how trends in the national economy have trickled through to the East End. For most, the summer was neither fabulous nor disastrous, with middle-class consumers tightening their belts as the very wealthy continued to spend. As cold weather approaches, businesses are now focused on keeping afloat in the face of rising oil prices and fewer seasonal shoppers.  see more here

It’s great to see people coming together and doing REAL GOOD.

Not with a nasty attitude, not with a NIMBYistic hostility.

Just in a way to keep people informed, so they can make choices.


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News and Events

Keep on top of what’s happening!

One Ferry Road” NewsOne ferry

There has been a SEQRA [State Environmental Quality Review Act] POSITIVE DECLARATION ON the

What does this mean? It means that the developers must prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) before the project can be approved. Much has yet to be done, and funds are very much needed for legal counsel to ensure that there be no conflict to compliance, proper procedure is met, all criterion for the protection of the village gateway are determined, etc. Save Our Waterfront, our sister organization, is at P.O. Box 1243, Sag Harbor, NY  11963, should you want to contribute.

What is SEQRA?  Please see “Concerned Citizens” website for an excellent primer.

The complete document from the Sag Harbor Planning Board may be downloaded HERE. Below follows an excerpt:

The Planning Board of the Inc. Village of Sag Harbor, as a lead agency, has determined that the proposed action described below may have a significant impact on the environment and that a
Draft Environmental Impact Statement

will be prepared.

Name of Action: EAST END VENTURES, LLC (Michael Maiden)
Site Plan for 1,3,5 Ferry Road Apartments
SEQR Status:  Type 1 Action

Scoping: A public scoping session to identify issues of concern shall be held before the Planning Board (the Lead Agency) at the Sag Harbor Village Hall (2nd floor meeting room), Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY on [Tuesday]

September 23, 2008 at 7:00 PM.

Reasons supporting this determination:

The Planning Board of the Inc. Village of Sag Harbor has adopted a Positive Declaration requiring that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) be prepared for the redevelopment of this 61,237 Sq Ft waterfront property with a 43,040 sq ft, three story building containing eighteen (18) individually-owned apartment units, along with parking facilities for 36 vehicles, … swimming pool, an eighteen (18) slip marina for use by the owners of the apartment building, along with proposed site landscaping, grading and drainage improvements. By resolution dated August 26, 2008, the Planning Board determined that the implementation of the proposed action may have a significant environmental impact on the following environmental and resources:

[then follows sections detailing the categories of]: Marine and Wetlands Habitats, Quality of Groundwater and Surface Waters, Drainage, Flooding and Stormwater Control, Visual Character of the Community, Historic Resources (designation of the site by the NYS office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation as being within an “archaeo-sensitive area”, and the potential for impacts to historic, pre-historic and paleontological resources), and Compliance with Policies of Village Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan.



Public Hearing on the Draft Sag Harbor Gateway Plan

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From the Sag Harbor CAC, we were told about the following, from Southampton Town’s website:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a public hearing will be held by the Town Board of the Town of Southampton on September 23, 2008 at 6 p.m., at the Southampton Town Hall, 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, New York, to hear any and all persons either for or against the Sag Harbor Gateway Plan to be considered for adoption as an amendment to the Town’s Comprehensive Plan. The Sag Harbor Gateway Plan proposes to change the zoning in the Gateway from Highway Business Zoning to Hamlet Office Zoning.
Copies of the proposed Draft Sag Harbor Gateway Plan are on file in the Town Clerk’s Office Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00p.m. and on the Southampton Town Website at and at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor.



A very informative document about Formula-Based Stores:A member of Save Sag Harbor thoughtfully sent us this most informative document about Formula Stores with “local language” about their prevention. It may be downloaded from our website, HERE.




After all this homework, you deserve a break!Edna's kin

A reminder to join us at Harborfest, on the Wharf, Saturday and Sunday, September 13th & 14th, from about 11-5, for fun and festivities.

Meet at 9:30 AM Saturday morning at Main St & Palmer Terrace if you’d like to be part of Save Sag Harbor in the parade!

Then on the evening of September 14th, don’t
forget about the concert with Edna’s Kin (pictured), refreshments, and The Hal McKusick Quartet at the Old Whalers’ Church, 44 Union St. between Division and 114, benefitting the restoration of the Church, a place of worship and a wonderful community center.

5:00PM  Edna’s Kin kicks off the concert
6:00PM  Wine and cheese reception
7:00PM  Jazz legend Hal McKusick performs!

Advance tickets are only $35 for adults, $20 for students 18 and under
Available at Canio’s Books, 290 Main Street
Romany Kramoris Gallery, 41 Main Street, Sag Harbor.
All tickets sold at the door will be $50 each; no student discount at the door


News from ARTS 4 COLLECTIVE for this coming weekend:ARTS4

Arts 4 presents their 2nd Annual Secret Whale Show!

When:  September 13 – 14, 2008
Where: The Whaling and Historical Museum, 200 Main Street

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 13th, 2008, 6 – 9 p.m.
Live Acoustic Performances: begin at 7 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Sunday, September 14th, 2008 –  12 – 4 p.m.

Food and beverages will be served, courtesy of our generous sponsors, including the Southampton Brewery and The Dockside Bar & Grill. Live acoustic performances will begin at 7 p.m., and include acts such as The Supernaturals and Tres Amigos

Exhibiting artists include Danielle Lobosco, Bethany Peters, Travis King, Hunter Herrick, Matthew Brophy, Ashley Hildreth, Jacqueline Dowling, Jason Green, Marshall Moran, Ashley Gardiner, Constance Sepulveda, Molly Weiss, Laura Miller, Dylan Perez, Jacqueline Pizza and Kein Ziemkiewicz.

This event is open to the public and admission is free, with a $5 suggested
donation. Portions of the proceeds will go to Save Sag Harbor, Y.A.R.D., and
The Whaling Museum

Come out and support our local causes and artists!

For more info on the collective, go to





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