Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Montauk lighthouse won’t be lit this year, East Hampton mulls no-tree zone at airport … & more

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Oct.October 12, 2016 06:23 PM

Hello darkness, Montauk’s new friend

To the chagrin of holiday fanatics in the East End, the 200-year-old Montauk Point Lighthouse will not be decked out in its annual lights this year — that is, unless someone steps forward with $50,000. The seven-year tradition won’t be carried out because the nonprofit committee behind it has been bogged down by additional maintenance costs, 27East reported. “It’s with a heavy heart that the committee has made this decision, but we can’t be unprepared for future projects,” Joe Gaviola, the director of finance, told the newspaper. However, if enough funding can be raised from benefactors before Nov. 1, the tradition would be salvaged, he said. [27East]

Tree-huggers aren’t happy about The Man’s requirements for the East Hampton Airport

Environmentalists are taking issue with East Hampton Town’s efforts to comply with a 2013 Federal Aviation Administration notice on trees near the runway. But before the town gets to chopping around a designated clear zone, the possible ecological impact should be evaluated, the East Hampton Environmental Coalition warned. But the extent of the proposed clearing may be excessive regardless of environmental consequences, according to East Hampton attorney David Gruber, a member of the airport management committee. The FAA’s standards are geared toward larger airports with more plane traffic, not small operations like the East Hampton Airport, Gruber told the East Hampton Star. Residents will get a chance to weigh in at the airport management advisory committee meeting on Oct. 28. [EHS]

Christie Brinkley re-lists Sag Harbor pad for $25M

This time around, the 5,500-square-foot home is ready for its closeup. Former supermodel Christie Brinkley just listed her harborfront home for $25 million — a hefty bump from its asking price of $15.7 million in 2010. The Colonial-style house contains five bedrooms, a great room and a formal dining room. Outside, there is a gunite pool and multiple gardens. The master bedroom suite has its own sitting room and private terrace. Douglas Elliman’s TRData LogoTINY Enzo Morabito has the listing. [LLNYC]

Paul Goldberger shakes fist at McMansions on the South Fork

Not even good architecture could cure the “too-much-money syndrome” in the Hamptons, Paul Goldberger said in a recent interview with 27East. “Good architecture can’t answer the problem of where you shouldn’t be building anything at all,” said the architecture critic, who owns a Frank Hollenbeck-designed South Fork house that was later renovated by Robert A.M. Stern and Bates Masi Architects. In the interview published last week, Goldberger gives his two cents on the resurgence of modern design (“can be very grand”), the traditional Hamptons shingle style (“one of the great movements in American architecture”), the 1842 Greek Revival-styled Topping Rose House on Main Street in Bridgehampton (he’s a fan) and the new starchitects in town recruited by the likes of Bill Gates. [27East]

Local celebrity chef lists East Hampton home for $16M

Colin Ambrose, the chef and owner behind Sag Harbor’s Estia’s Little Kitchen, is selling his Maidstone Club-adjacent digs for $16 million, the New York Post reported. Sitting on a 2.5-acre lot, the six-bedroom residence spans 5,600 square feet. The house contains 6.5 bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen with its own fireplace and multiple entertainment areas. Tyler Mattson and Brian Buckhout of Compass have the listing. [NYP]

Ron Perelman’s power lunch spot could soon be coming to Sag Harbor

Craving tuna tartare and a full serving of Manhattan snobbery? If so, you’re in luck. Billionaire Ronald Perelman, who along with partners Steve Witkoff and Eric Clapton owns Le Bilboquet in Midtown, has won a bid for the restaurant space at 1 Long Wharf in Sag Harbor. The waterfront property, briefly occupied by Deckers Bar and Grill over the summer, was in Chapter 7 liquidation before Perelman won the auction Friday, Eater reported. Earlier this year, there were rumors of Perelman’s intention to open up a second Le Bilboquet at the spot, but no plans have been confirmed. [Eater]


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