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Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Edward Norton and Alec Baldwin teed off over golf course, Compass buys new Montauk firm & more

By Cathaleen Chen | April 05, 2017 04:52PM

Edward Norton and a BLADE helicopter

Donald Trump impersonator and failed Bruce Banner take opposite sides over East Quogue golf course

A celebrity face-off about a nonexistent golf course? Only in the Hamptons, dear friend. Edward Norton wedged himself into the controversy over the Hills, a proposed 600-acre golf resort with 118 residences and a clubhouse in East Quogue. As a friend of the developer, Mike Meldman, the actor (and self-proclaimed environmentalist) is advising the potential development on how to avoid water pollution. But the duo will have to contend with Alec Baldwin, a proud East Ender who starred in a public-service announcement last year, calling the Hills “the biggest and baddest development on Long Island.” The final public hearing over the project will take place in June. [NYP]

Designer Cynthia Rowley wants to raze a house in Montauk

…And all it would take is “a six-pack of beer and three of my friends,” Rowley representative Richard Hammer told the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals last Tuesday. But the town planning department is concerned about how the endeavor would affect the wetlands surrounding her small lot at 69 Seaside Avenue, the East Hampton Star reported. Crowley acquired the nearly half-acre lot for $820,000. She also owns the lot across the street at 78 Seaside Avenue, which she bought for $3 million last summer. The public hearing over her request was extended to May 16 as Rowley and her team work out the details for demolition. [EHS]

Compass acquires Montauk’s oldest boutique real estate firm

Compass will open its fifth office on the South Fork thanks to the acquisition of Keeshan Real Estate, a father-daughter brokerage team based out of Montauk. John and Nancy Keeshan will stay on as employees of Compass. The real estate tech firm now has 44 agents on the East End. “Over the years, we’ve been approached by many firms but the timing was not right,” John Keeshan told 27East. “We feel that Compass will provide us with the tools we need to meet this fast paced, changing real estate market.” [27East]

Forget the LIRR — fly to the Hamptons, courtesy of Corcoran

Talk about high-altitude luxury. Corcoran has teamed up with BLADE to offer a drawing for a complimentary helicopter ride to the Hamptons to view three rental properties of their choice — a trip that would cost $700 per flight otherwise. It’s a one-day deal for Sunday, April 9, according to Curbed, and potential renters must first apply online. “Concierge service” will be offered upon arrival in the Hamptons. [Curbed]

Hamptons Bays residents rejected a $9.9 million renovation of local library

Who needs a new library in the age of the Kindle? On Tuesday night taxpayers rejected a referendum that would finance the complete gutting and redevelopment of the Hampton Bays Public Library on Ponquogue Avenue. Redevelopment called for the installation of a new roof, insulation, and heating system, as well as a brand new floor plan for the 20,000-square-foot single-story space.  [27East]

East Quogue couple unveils teeny tiny high-end spec houses

Could this be the solution to the Hamptons’ outrageous real estate prices? Native Hamptonites Jessica and Mark Dunkirk hosted two “well-attended” open houses this month for their under 300-square-foot micro spec homes on the East End, 27East reported. One of their developments, The Montauk was met with “oohs and ahhs,” according to the local paper. It features a rain shower that’s right next to a walk-in closet, electric fireplace, and separate living and dining areas. “Tiny houses give many people the opportunity to own their own home,” Mark Dunkirk said. “They may not have had that before with the outrageous prices of homes on Long Island.” [27East]