Archive for the 'Historic' Category

Happy 375th Birthday Southampton!

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

This will be a year of celebration that many people, both residents and visitors, will be able to enjoy with weekly events scheduled from now to the end of 2015. Activities are planned for all ages and include such things as parades, movies, house tours and more. Visit where they will continue to list events that celebrate Southampton’s heritage. 2015 is going to be a wonderful year filled with a variety of events so please continue to check the website for more information.

Nancy McGann 

631.283.5800 ext. 301


Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

East Hampton Village, one of the oldest towns on Long Island, settled in 1648, embraces its history and goes to extraordinary lengths to engage the public.
December is when the history takes center stage.
This past weekend was the East Hampton Historical Society house tour, a cocktail fund raiser.
The Christmas tree lighting on Town Pond is the next big event, Maidstone Tree Lighting, December 9, then December 13th, Hugh King, East Hampton’s Town Crier, is hosting the annual lantern tour, a walk back in time of preserved properties.
On December 14th there will be a reading of Victorian holiday stories at Clinton Academy Museum at 151 Main Street, at 4pm.
For a mere $15, you can take a 90 minute tour with Mr King and Richard Barons, EH Historical Society Director,  to view several historic structures built between 1680 and 1784
Our East Hampton Main Street has been voted one of the most beautiful Main Streets in America.
I’ve always thought it looks like a Norman Rockwell painting all four seasons, but especially when it snows and the skaters are on Town Pond.
I hope you can join us, you’re sure to enjoy the tour!


Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

This coming Weekend – Veterans Day Weekend – November 8 and 9- the North Fork is the place to be for anyone who loves local farm's produce, food and wine!

All local businesses, vineyards, restaurants and fisheries are putting their best foot forward in a first regional Harvest Festival, TASTE NORTH FORK!

We all know as locals that the East End and the North Fork are the pearl in the oyster of New York Tourism  and that fall is among the best times here: so this regional harvest festival is a wonderful time to come out.

Visit for details on this wonderful weekend – and hop on the busses which are looping around the North Fork between Riverhead to Orient with activities at lots of vineyard stops and at the two major hubs on Love Lane in Mattituck and in Greenport with – among other fun – a chance to meet the local farmers and sample their best produce.

Or click here for a program of what's going on.

Don't forget to thank the volunteers of the NFPC, the Greenport BID, the North Fork & Mattituck Chambers of Commerce  and the Town of Southold's EDC for making this terrific festival possible! (And of course EETA, LIWC and Empire State Development Corp).

For more information email

Joan Bischoff van Heemskerck, NFPC President


Thursday, September 12th, 2013

The Peconic Land Trust recently said they would consider selling 14 acres on Highland Terrace in Bridgehampton if Southampton Town would buy the development rights with CPF money. This has created quite a brew ha ha amongst our local preservation community. The property in question was donated to the South Fork Land Foundation- which is now a subsidiary of the Peconic Land Trust back in the 1970’s. John v. Halsey, who founded the Peconic Land Trust and presides over the trust to date, has made this proposal with a vision for greater good.
John’s intention is to use the money from the sale of the 14 acres to purchase 60-100 acres of active farm land.
In concept, it seems a home run—swap 14 acres for up to 100 acres—but the mechanism to do so has divided the preservationists primarily because of the need for the funding of same via CPF money. This does raise an eyebrow.
Back in 1998 the Peconic Bay Regional Community Preservation Fund was born. CPF as we refer to it is funded by a 2% tax on buyers of real property, or real estate. The 5 eastern townships benefited  by the protection of over 10,000 acres in 15 years while amassing $842,000,000.
That’s an incredible accomplishment that all of us have benefitted from.
Ironically, the public at times, confuses the Peconic Land Trust with the Peconic Bay Regional Community Preservation Fund. Buyers think they have given to the Peconic Land Trust when they shell out all that money at closing.
There are 4 primary parties directly responsible for protecting the beauty and heritage of the East End. The first are the municipalities. The local comprehensive up zonings, which occurred twice during my 3 decades in the industry, helped by creating open space regulations, water recharge districts, scenic easements along roadways, agricultural overlay districts and so much more, before the last of all subdividable property was improved. Secondly, the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund. Third The Peconic Land Trust and fourth the Nature Conservancy. Without the efforts of these entities the East End would look like every other over developed area. Thanks to them, any visitor clearly feels the farming heritage, the sea and the dark skies. 
Personally, I see these entities as preserving in different ways. The Peconic Land Trust has done a remarkable job of enabling all of us to step back in time and enjoy life on the East End as settlers did generations ago. Have you been to Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton, or Quail Hill Farm in East Hampton or the Shellfisher on the North Fork… all remarkable and different, places you can go to reflect on where we came from.
The CPF money has protected corridors of farm land and taken special sites off the market forever so that we may enjoy nature at every turn.
The Nature Conservancy has taken their mission to places far beyond the immediate East End with an eye on preserving our natural resources.
And the municipalities… well their contribution is both seen and hidden in more places than you can imagine
Thank you all!
This is an ideal opportunity to take the time in a collaborative effort to become of one mind for the good of all the public.
There is a common thread and there is a resolution.

Great news: The Suffolk theater reopening in Riverhead – March 1st 2013!

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Suffolk Theater

What better sign of a revival of a down town business district than the reopening of the beautiful Suffolk Theater on Main Street in Riverhead! If you have not seen Main Street lately – you will be surprised and you should re-visit the East Main Street area and Riverfront! The new Hyatt and Atlantis Aquarium complex, a series of new and renovated restaurants including but not limited to the Athens Grill, the little gem of the Turkuaz Grill and the always popular Riverhead Project should have given an indication of the exciting news from our Western neighbor Riverhead!

After many years of decay in the Down Town Area – the Suffolk theater will again be the crown jewel of the down town area! On march first, the Main Street area will be closed down for a festive ribbon cutting ceremony. A grand opening Gala follows-you can join for $125.00 – and a series of golden oldies opening in the subsequent days. For more information: visit their website: The Suffolk Theater and be as impressed as I am! Go Riverhead!


Wednesday, May 16th, 2012


This memorial Day Weekend (May26-27 and 28) the maritime village of Greenport is hosting the Tall Ships Challenge 2012! Although many ships van be viewed from adjoining docks and waterfront areas – the village sells tickets to truly participate in the event

The TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race is a series of sailing races, cruises, crew rallies and maritime festivals organized by Tall Ships America in conjunction with US and Canadian ports on the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts of North America and in the Great Lakes.

Traditionally-rigged sailing vessels from Canada, the US and other countries are crewed by youth (either civilians or cadets) ages 13 – 25 who are engaged in sail training programs under the supervision of captains and professional crewmembers.
Maritime festivals in each host port give visitors a chance to board the tall ships and meet the crew and trainees and learn about the many varied opportunities to sail and travel on Tall Ships America member tall ships. (Source)

Peconic Landing and the Seaport Museum hold the Sea Captain’s Reception on may 26th 5-8 at Brecknock Hall

All law-abiding and loyal citizens are urged to be vigilant and alert to the presence on your coast of the weatherly, fast, and heavily armed Clipper Schooner Lynx. The 122-foot square top sail schooner Lynx will be sailing into Greenport and will be offering a one time opportunity to sail aboard Lynx on Friday, May 25th from 3 pm to 5 pm

For reservations please call 866-446-5969 (PST) or visit for online ticketing and donations.

Montauk Lighthouse Designated National Landmark

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

After 200 years of shining  a light around the tip of Long Island, the Montauk lighthouse has finally been names a national Landmark by the US Department of the Interior. Authorized by President Washington in 1792, construction began in 1796. The lighthouse stands 110'6" high and has 137 steps to the light tower. The light flashes every 5 seconds and can been seen from 19 nautical miles away – on a clear day that is. It is the first lighthouse in NY state.

It took more than 6 years, having been rejected twice,  to receive this designation and has come about thanks to the efforts of its' supporters who had to prove the lighthouse played a role in the development and growth of the Port of New York, which turned out to be harder than anticipated. The committee located and searched through years of shipping records to show quantity of shipments made  to the area and how the lighthouse played a vital role for ships en route.


Home Prices Poised to Rise

Friday, February 24th, 2012

The price of anything is based on the scales of “supply and demand”.  That said, January’s U.S. Housing Reports by the National Association of Realtors indicates supply  at a 7 year low while demand at the highest level since May 2010.  The end result is the long awaited increase in home prices. 

While winter (January in particular)) is a slow season in a normal year (whatever that is) – the Report shows several indicators of a healthy housing market. 

Sales are up approximately 13% over the past 6 months.  Real estate sales increased 4.3% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.57 million.  Important to the recovery first time home buyers made for 1/3 of all sales.  All this increased activity on the “demand” side coupled with the lowest level of “supply” since March 2005 at 2.3 million is what positions the housing market for prices increases.


Sunday, January 8th, 2012

In Smithtown there is a 23 acre historic farm that dates back to the 1800's…The Ships Hole Farm. The Peconic Land Trust has orchestrated a collaboration between the current owners, the Nicodemus family, a government grant of $400,000 and private contributions to preserve the farm for open space and one step further. The PLT is hopeful that they can lease portions of the property to multiple farmers who, in turn, can then sell their locally grown produce. A win win for all! Long Islanders will get a working, historic, picturesque farm, complete with an 1800's farmhouse and barns along with nature trails to the Nissequogue River and enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) for local labor…just as it was over 200 years ago!

Once again the Peconic Land Trust has selected an incredible piece of Long Island to preserve — THANK YOU PLT!

Condos Coming To Sag Harbor

Friday, January 6th, 2012


The long awaited condos are finally coming to Sag Harbor. The Bulova Watch factory which closed in the 1980’s has finally been taken off the Department of Environmental Conservations list of toxic Superfund sites. The building has been decontaminated and will now be eligible for a permit to start the work.  The work is expected to start next spring and will take approximately two years. The 2.3 acre site will be turned into 65 condominiums with an indoor pool, spa, underground parking and a recreation center.