Archive for the 'history' Category


Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

East Hampton’s Chamber of Commerce is hosting it’s 24th annual holiday tour from noon to 4pm.

Unlike other holiday tours, East Hampton not only proudly displays Christmas Décor at its most elegant timelessness, but the homes and properties that you visit each has a history that defines this Norman Rockwell like east end hamlet.

On the tour is the 1770 House & Inn, who’s beehive fireplace in the original Speakeasy, actually predates 1770!







The Huntting Inn, c 1699, was the family home of Reverend Daniel Huntting of the Second Presbyterian Church.




Pollock- Krasner House & Study Center, which is the new comer to the tour and a National Historic Landmark c. 1879.







The Topping Rose House, actually on Bridgehampton’s Main Street, c. 1842 was built for Judge Abraham Topping Rose.





Bring the family to these historic properties and enjoy the step back in time.
Visit or call 631.324.0362 for information.

Children under 12 are free, admission $25 for all others
See you on the road to the 17th Century.


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

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.


North Fork Year End 2011 Home Sales Report

Monday, January 23rd, 2012


Town & Country’s Year End North Fork Home Sales Report is of no surprise to anyone in the real estate business on the North Fork. 

The top producer on the North Fork was Orient (which includes East Marion and Greenport) with all 3 criteria monitored by Town & Country realizing increases: number of Home Sales rose 2.8% from 72 to 74 2010 to 2011,  Total Sales Volume increased nearly 7% from $36.8M to $39.3M, and the Median Home Sale Price showed approximately a 5% rise from $410,000 in 2010 to $430,000 in 2011. The number of Home Sales in the $1-$1.99M category in Orient (which includes East Marion and Greenport) doubled year over year.

Southold (which includes New Suffolk and Peconic), on the other hand, closed the year a bit lower than the previous year in all three categories.  The number of home sales dropped 8.6%; Total Home Sales Volume was down 16.6% and Median Home Sale Prices rolled back to $440,000 from $472,500.  But it’s important to point out that Southold (which includes New Suffolk and Peconic) posted the highest Median Home Sale Prices of all 4 North Fork markets Town & Country reports on 6 times a year.

Reviewing the culmination of All North Fork Markets Combined and one statistic jumps out at you…the $1-$1.99M price category rose 19% in 2011 from 2010.

Bottom line – North Fork Home Sales activity was fairly flat for the year 2011 but the green shoots are showing up on the high end.

Judi A. Desiderio, CEO •  631-324-8080


*Source: The Long Island Real Estate Report

**All information is deemed reliable and correct.  Information is subject to errors, omissions and  withdrawal without prior notice.

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.

Bridgehamptons’ Three Corner Renovation

Friday, November 18th, 2011

It seems to be the three million dollar question in Bridgehampton….What is happening with the Bull’s Head Inn and its neighboring commercial corners.  It looks to me to be the “Revival of the Historic Mansions”.  I find this very exciting and happy to see that the current owners of the properties are restoring and renovating the 19th- century mansions and keeping a part of Bridgehampton history alive (Thanks to the “Save the Bull’s Head Inn” committee).  Another happy site, as I drove into work today,  they finally razed the old dilapidated Beverage Distributor/gas station (not sure how that building didn’t fall down in the last storm).  Let the Bridgehampton Beautification Begin!


After years of back and forth with permits and town objections the projects are finally approved and construction has begun.  Now the question is – what will be going in the newly restored mansions and the new building on the old beverage/gas station site. 


The Bull’s Head Inn is being totally restored and will be the show piece for a new hotel and restaurant.  There will be five smaller buildings constructed on the property to house the conference center, health spa and lap pool.  


The Greek Revival Mansion across the street from the Bull’s Head Inn started renovations sometime back and is now moving along at a much faster pace.  This building is owned by the Bridgehampton Historical Society and will be made into a museum.  Thanks to all the generous donations of the Bridgehampton community this dream renovation has become a reality and hopes to open next year.


The Beverage Distributor site is going to be a brand new office complex built in the same style as the Bull’s Head Inn.  It will be 9,000 square feet and should be ready for occupancy next year.


Bridgehamptons’ Three Corner Renovation….the past restored…..

What’s in the name Napeague?

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Napeague, that very narrow and not too long strip of land that lies  connects Montauk to the rest of the east end, is home to weathered homes, undulating dunes, acres of beach grass, the ‘walking dunes”, and of course, Lazy Point with windsurfing and kite boarding fanatics.

Only 11 miles long and very low lying, Napeague is also the land that connects the Atlantic to Gardiners Bay. It is also the strip of land that was flooded in the Great Hurricane of 1938 and it is this land that is affectionately known as “Napeague Stretch”.

Like so many of the names on the east end, Napeague too originated from the Indians and means, appropriately, “land overflowed by the sea”. Who would have ever guessed?



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.