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Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Christie Brinkley slashes home price by $5M, Montauk Playhouse secures $6M in funding … & more

By Cathaleen Chen | June 21, 2017 06:20PM

Rendering of the restored Sag Harbor Cinema on Main Street, Christie Brinkley and her home at 1 Fahys Road (Credit: Getty, Douglas Elliman)

Mary’s Marvelous in Amagansett will be replaced by cold-press juicery

Mary Schoenlein, the owner of Mary’s Marvelous, an eatery that had operated at 207 Main Street for 15 years, announced this week that the property has been sold. Organic Krush, a cold-pressed Juice And Food Cafe Will Take Its Place, Curbed reported. Mary’s Marvelous will keep its East Hampton location open at 107 Newtown Lane. Lori Macgarva of Douglas Elliman has the $575,000 Amagansett listing. [Curbed]

East Hampton sets new parking restrictions ahead of statewide Uber rollout next week

While the summering Manhattanites can rejoice over Uber cars returning to their favorite summer hot spot after two years’ absence, East Hampton is less than eager. The town adopted a set of laws this week that would give local police more power to hold Uber drivers accountable for code violations, 27East reported. The laws will impose parking restrictions on both ride-sharing cars and taxis to prevent clog-ups. [27E]

Montauk playhouse secures $6M in funding for cultural center

Get ready to get your swim on, Montauk. The Cultural Arts and Aquatic Center will break ground in early 2019 after its developer, the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation, secured $6 million in funding last week, the nonprofit announced. Its goal is $8 million, Patch reported. Half of the project’s current funding came from private donations, and the town of East Hampton matched the amount with another $3 million. Once complete, the center will be a performance and events space and will feature a 25-yard lap pool and a recreation and water therapy pool. [Patch]

Painter Eric Fischl donated $1M to Sag Harbor Cinema restoration

The Sag Harbor Cinema restoration project counts some of the biggest names in arts and entertainment among its supporters. Artist Eric Fischl is the latest famous fan to show his support, as it was revealed last week that the painter gave $1 million toward the project as an anonymous angel donor and is now speaking publicly about it. So far, $3.5 million has been secured to revitalize the historic theater that nearly burned down last December, Curbed reported. Fischl joins the likes of Billy Joel, Andy Cohen, Harvey Weinstein, and Martin Scorsese who have contributed. [Curbed]

East Hampton subsidized housing project to break ground next month

After months of delays, East Hampton officials finally approved a $2.5 million bid from JNS Contracting to build a 12-unit condominium complex off Accabonac Road. The units will be sold at below-market rates to cater to middle-income households, according to 27East. Prices will range between $150,000 and $300,000. Buyers will be chosen through a lottery. The project is East Hampton’s first subsidized housing project in nearly 10 years. [27E]

East Hampton Village gives Ron Perelman a resounding no to zoning change

The East Hampton Village Board unanimously shot down billionaire Ron Perelman’s proposal to rezone his 60-acre property so that it’s compliant with the town code. In 2012, a firefighter accidentally discovered that the investor had built several structures on his Georgica Pond compound without obtaining the right permits, the East Hampton Star reported. As a resolution, Perelman and his attorneys proposed the creation of a new residential district. But the board found it to be inconsistent with the village’s land-use plan. According to mayor Paul Rickenbach Jr., the two parties will “move ahead hopefully come to some amicable resolution.” [EHS]

Southampton to consider lifting ban on Airbnb

The South Fork certainly seems hot-and-cold toward the sharing economy. Southampton may one day permit short-term rentals through platforms like Airbnb and VRBO, which today are mostly illegal, 27East reported. Currently, a homeowner can only rent out up to two rooms in a single-family house if the term of the rental lasts at least two weeks and it happens no more than twice per season. These restrictions may need to be reevaluated in order to strengthen the rental market, said Southampton town supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “I look at Airbnb the same way I look at Uber,” he told the outlet. “This is the future — but people have to comply with the law.” [27E]

Christie Brinkley slashes Sag Harbor listing price by $5M

Finding no takers for her waterfront mansion, Christie Brinkley has reduced the price by one-fifth to $20 million. The model’s property was first listed for $25 million in October 2016. Built in 1843, the 5,500 square-foot house features five bedrooms, six bathrooms and an array of period details, like wide-plank pine floors and an oak banister, according to Zillow. Also included in the 4.44-acre spread: a gunite pool and more than 300 feet of beachfront land, the New York Post reported. Douglas Elliman’s Enzo Morabito has the listing. [NYP]

Montauk’s free shuttles will start service next week

Who needs Uber? Montauk’s got its own hot ride — the Hampton Hopper —  and it’s free. The private bus service has operated for three years between East Hampton and Montauk, but the loop this summer will be free, thanks to town officials seeking a solution to traffic jams during the summer season. The operators of the Hopper will be paid $100,000 for the route, which loops from Hither Hills State Park to downtown Montauk, The Long Island Rail Road, and the Montauk dock area. Buses will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 28 through September 4. [EHS]

Westhampton Beach home of late media mogul sold for $12.2M

The compound that belonged to telecommunications mogul Donald Pels and his widow Wendy Keys found a buyer last week, selling for $12.2 million, the New York Post reported. The 5.1-acre spread was initially listed for $16.9 million. Spanning 5,700 square feet, the residence at 119 Dune Road contains eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms. It features beamed ceilings, bay windows, a pool and a pool house that’s currently used as a billiards room. Saunders & Associates’ Jeanmarie Braat had the listing and represented the buyer. [NYP]