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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

YOU CANOLI IMAGINE THE CHANGE IN WAINSCOTT.... TAKE A PEEK! PLUS A TALE SO STUPID IT HAS TO BE TRUE!

Makeover Mangia!
If you've been through Wainscott lately,  you've probably noticed there's a whole lot of something going on at the former location of Georgica and Saracen restaurants.   The location is now the home of Osteria Salina and the inside has been given face lift that would make Cher green with envy!  Its been a much needed change for the 130 year old building that was more recently the home of ruckus night clubs catering to the hard partying "bottle and banquette" crowd.    Instead neighbors now have a traditional Sicilian restaurant in one of the most charming locations around.   In fact, if you ask me it looks like they spent a pretty penne to make it look good!  Sorry for the pun.

The Georgica Room with a view!   
The restaurant which was formally located on School Street in Bridgehampton has now been expanded by purveyor Tim Gaglio and his wife Cinzia (the chef) into a larger 225 seat venue overlooking Georgica Pond.   The menu will remain the same and feature old favorites like Charred Octopus, Polpette (amazing italian meatballs), Mezzi Rigitoni alla Siciliana, fresh seafood specials but with the addition of pizzas cooked in the brick oven that was a staple back when the restaurant was "Sapore di Mare."     If you don't remember back that far then you certainly don't know the reason Route 27 is so close to the site!?  Well I'll tell you, it's owed to two feuding brothers, one who designed highways for the state and the other who owned a house in Wainscott!
Classic design meets chic renovation!

Well enough about the location, the food which comes with a Sicilian pedigree (Cinzia comes from a long line of Italian restauranteurs) that goes all the way back to Sorra Italy has been earning raves from local celebs like Billy Joel, Alan Alda and Howard Stern to name a few.   In fact, I bet next door neighbor Ron Perlman will soon swing by for some Bucatini con Sarde ... the smells will get 'em and I heard he loves to walk everywhere!   There's no doubt it will be attracting the same crowd plus a few new ones with the expanded dining room.   Osteria Salina will open it's doors quietly this Thursday (5/21) night at 5pm and be open for business year round.   It's a great addition to the area and if you have any doubt they're aiming for a different crowd than the last establishment, stop by on Sunday's from 1 to 9pm when they'll be serving traditional Sophia Loren sized "family style" dinners.    If you want a reservation and my guess is your going to need them... check out the restaurant on OPENTABLE.COM  

As any real estate on the east end will tell you, dealing with Summer rentals is never easy.    This Friday will no doubt too be another hair raising experience for agents all over as tenants start to move into their seasonal rentals.  Yes, I'll soon be getting calls about defective toasters, noisy neighbors and even the occasional call asking for an address (write it down before you go out drinking).     Well it's a few
years later and now enough time has passed to tell a tale I from a few years ago when one tenant called me complaining about the wireless Internet.   I explained I wasn't an expert but I would swing by and take a look.    Apparently the code for the wifi wasn't working and I thought I'd give it a shot.    When I arrived I input the code and bing!  It worked!   What was the problem?   Well, when I gave them the code in the e mail I wrote "the password is case sensitive xyz."  Yes, you got it... they wrote "CASE SENSITIVE" when inputting the code.  By the way, English was their first language and it was a $200k+ seasonal rental!    Only in the Hamptons!






Monday, May 18, 2015

RECON FROM THE NEW HOME GOODS... SAG GYM IS OPEN AGAIN!

Lighting the Hamptons one lamp at a time!
Wainscott, the land of quarries and Speedway Stations has two new things to actually brag about.     The opening of the new Home Goods and the arrival of Osteria Salina at the former site of Georgica Restaurant and night club.  I'll have more on the restaurant tomorrow!

After lots of moaning and complaining, Home Goods has finally arrived at it's new location at 368 Montauk Highway. The newly constructed building drew some fire from local officials and some residents for it's hulking size and close proximity to the road.   But after all the fears and wolf crying, the Hamptons have survived the opening and from the reaction of the crowds it's a big improvement over what was an abandoned car dealership.   The cedar shake building which is lushly landscaped opened it's doors Sunday and it was packed to the rafters.
See I'm not kidding!

So why was it so crowded?   Well the discounted purveyor of all things domestic featured everything from Pratesi sheets to Baccrat and Waterford wine glasses at around 50% off of normal retail prices. They also have a good collection of linens and even some furniture and rugs.   Yes, the Hamptons may be considered a land of excess but that doesn't mean they don't like a good bargain here on the east end.     I really believe this will be good for all the business owners in the area since it will attract folks who normally wouldn't travel to Wainscott to shop.   The more the merrier and the more cash for everyone who buys lunch, doesn't find the right sofa, needs a new bed or has been wanting to get some new blinds!  

Meanwhile, after about a month the gym in Sag Harbor is open once again.   It's cleaner, lighter and has a slew of fancy new lockers.    While much of the old equipment has returned, the fresh coat of paint and what I guess was a really good cleaning has actually made a difference.    The gym has never looked better and the towels are new too!    If you don't believe me... see for yourselves!   By the way, don't get confused, the entrance has moved to the center of the building and there's a fancy new reception desk as well.







Monday, May 11, 2015

IF THE TAXES ARE TOO DAMN HIGH.... AND THE BEST TOY EVER FOR YOUR POOL!

Time to take back the bills... 7 days left!
Well if you're not still celebrating the big holiday... Cinco De Mayo... allow me to remind you that time is running out to appeal your property taxes!  Yes it's in 7 days and the timer is ticking like Mona Lisa Vito's biological clock.    So what to do? 

Well there are plenty of services (just google) who do not charge up front, but rather take a percentage of what they save as a fee. For do-it-yourselfers, you can get information from the various town websites about how to determine if your assessment is fair.  One thing most of these websites suggest is to get an evaluation form a professional appraiser.   If you need a suggestion about where to find one, try calling your real estate agent or ask a friend. 

Don't deny you want to try this!
Meanwhile, if you save some money by appealing what about buying one of the must haves for

Pool climbing wall.. yeah you want one!
this upcoming summer season.  No, it's not a new Ferrari or even a fancy new mood ring!  It's a climbing wall for your pool!!!  Yes, since slides and diving boards are now passé among pool owners and the cause of so many injuries and higher insurance there has to be something else to add to make more waves in the neighborhood.     All I can say is look at these pictures and tell me you don't want one!  LIAR!  Of course you want one.  Well these are from a company called Kerplash and they start at about $8000.   But what better way to get over your fear of water and heights than to climb one of these suckers!!!   If you want more information you can check out their information HERE!


Yes, a quick but informative chatter today.  See you all hopefully on Wednesday!