Archive for November, 2010

What’s in the name Sagaponack?

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The name Sagaponack, like so many of  others in the Hamptons, is derived from the Shinnecock Indian Nation and meant "land of the big ground nuts" or more commonly known as potatoes. Potato farming continued until late in the 20th century and many of the huge estates are now built on former potato fields. It is these estates that gave Sagaponack a  ranking as the number one most expensive zip code a few years ago. Originally just a stretch of land connecting Southampton to East Hampton it is now home to many a rich and famous. With the famed Rennert mansion, a controversial 29-bedroom mansion on 62 oceanfront acre, and other big name celebrities making Sagaponack a second home destination, real estate value began to escalate from was farm-land prices on the east end to what they are today — but the rural abundance that makes Sagaponack so unique has always remained just picture perfect.

U.S. Housing Market Scores Well

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s November 2010 edition of the Presidents Administrations Housing Scorecard shows continued signs of stabilization in home prices and high home affordability index. To view this comprehensive report on the National Housing Market visit

Bonackers: Meaning And Origin

Friday, November 5th, 2010

 Traditionally, Bonackers referred to families in Springs, the north side of East Hampton town, who were among the early settlers of the town in the 17th and 18th century. Of recent past, however, the name has come to signify anyone who is born and raised in East Hampton. Further testament to this is the fact that the East Hampton High School mascot is none other than, you guessed it, a Bonacker. Which of course, prompts the question, what does a Bonacker look like? Well a Bonacker mascot resembles a man (or woman) wearing waders complete with suspenders carrying a clamming rake!

Puzzled about the reason for waders and clam rake? Well the answer goes back to history again (remember, the East End is truly a place of history in addition to natural beauty and charm). For hundreds of years Bonackers made their living off the sea as baymen, fishermen and farmers. Shellfish, in addition to other fruits of the sea and land, were the lifeline for existence and close to the heart and soul of Bonac culture and cuisine.

So, as is true about almost all names here on the South Fork, the origin and meaning of Bonackers are centuries old, and as all true Bonackers will attest, people here are very proud to say they are a Bonacker, right “bub”?

Attend the North Fork Harvest Gala: buy tickets, enjoy a great night and help the East End Tourism economy grow!

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

• Where: Jason’s Vineyard, 1785 Main Road, Jamesport, NY 11947
• Date: November 18, 2010
• Time: 7:00pm–11:00pm

•The North Fork Promotion Council invites you to celebrate our 25th Anniversary honoring Dr Herodotus Damianos (Pindar & Duck Walk vineyards) and Suffolk County Legislator Ed Romaine
Master of Ceremonies  is Doug Geed (News 12)


Proceeds used to promote targeted off-season Tourism on the North Fork, while maintaining and protecting our  lifestyle and environment, helping all North Fork businesses small and large and help provide a sustainable  economy and good jobs for all East Enders & all North Forkers!

Participating restaurants:
Hellenic Snack Bar
A Mano’s Tom Schaudel
North Fork Table and Inn
Comtesse Therese Bistro & Chef Arie Pavlou
Junda’s Bake Shop
Frisky Oyster
Jamesport Manor
Vine Wine and Cafe
Pizzetteria Brunetti
Village Cheese Shop
and John Ross (2009 NFPC gala honoree)  who helped put North Fork Wine and Food on the map!

• Features: Benefit, Open to All, Volunteer
• Website:
• Phone: 631.655.7328   

• Email:
• Price: $90 ea or $150/2 tickets – sponsorships call 655 7328
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