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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

10 GREAT PLACES TO FIGHT THE FLAB IN THE HAMPTONS

Yeah, that's me up top... CENTER!
Summer in the Hamptons ...  a time for sitting in hours of traffic on route 27.   A time for attending overpriced benefits and rubbing shoulders with walking wax figures.   A special time when other annual occurrences like budding flowers, warm breezes the privileged 20-somethings getting sick on the streets of Montauk are common.      It's also that time of year where you get to remind yourself how completely inadequate you look in that bathing suit.  

But before you break out the Barry Manilow and Carpenters albums... remember you don't have to look like the before picture on the back of that comic book.   The east end is a great place to back in shape and stuff that gut into a wild bikini!  
Biking, jogging and back yard swims are some of the easiest ways here to burn the calories and fight the fat.    But if you're like me and require a little more motivation from an instructor or hot gym goer next to you, take note.  Hamptons  Chatter is here with 10 of the best places to workout this coming season.

1) Flywheel Sports - East Hampton located at 65 Montauk Highway and Flywheel at Sag Harbor Gym, 1 Bay Street Sag Harbor.    The original spin studio where some folks can burn over 1000 calories in a single class.    A great place to be seen and see some of the more famous faces of the Hamptons (Broderick, Baldwin, Zellwegger... or you know the girl from Jerry Macguire) including instructor Holly Rillinger who is the star of Bravo's Work Out New York!    Pay by the class or get a membership but no matter what, make sure to book your classes in advance.  

2) Yoga Shanti - Sag Harbor located at 32 Bridge Street.   Get toned, fit and sweat at one of the most noted yoga studios around.    There are classes for everyone from beginner to expert.   Prices vary and there are some famous faces here too.   One of the more frequent and notable patrons is entrepreneur and producer Russell Simmons.    You can pay by the class, package or membership.   It's a good idea to book your classes in advance here as well.    There is also a complete schedule online so check it out.   By the way, if you're looking for something a little less "precious," try Karma Diva in East Hampton.  It's the yin to Yoga Shanti's yang. 

4) East Hampton Indoor Tennis - East Hampton located at 175 Daniels Hole Rd. -  Before you question why I'm suggesting a tennis club let me tell you the average Joe can burn about 700 calories an hour playing tennis.  But if you want something a little more intense check out the tennis aerobics on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the club.   To say you'll be dripping wet is an understatement.   Pay by the class or become a member the choice is yours.     The staff is friendly and you can play indoor and out.    Click above or here to go to the website.


5) Crossfit Hamptons- Southampton located at 375 County Rd. 39.   Rather than me trying to explain it.. watch an eye candy video about what exactly crossfit entails.        A little bit of this a little bit of that and bodies in motion.    Click here for more details on how to sign up for a Crossfit Hamptons class.




Yeah, that looks easy!!! 


6) Barry's Bootcamp - Amaganett located at 199 Main St. and Wainscott 352 Montauk Highway.   If Xenu started teaching fitness classes... it would be Barry's Bootcamp.   Although it's the new guy in town it's already garnered a cult like following.    In all honesty, I've never gone but my friends who've attended are addicted.   Click here for more details.


7)  Lift Hamptons - Wainscott located at 354 Montauk Highway - A boutique gym located next to the best cookie shop in the Hamptons (Levan Bakery).    I know it seems like some sort of a sick joke but once you pass the temptation you'll find a motivating bright and zen like atmosphere perfect for your morning workout.   Memberships are based on an hourly rate and include one on one training.    Click here for more information.


8 & 9 ) East Hampton YMCA - 2 Gingerbread Lane and Southampton Town Recreation Center - 1370 Majors Path.   Both places have it all but at a fraction of the price of the "other" gyms in town.     There are no celeb siteings but if you want to live like a local and save some money on getting fit.... click here for Southampton or here for East Hampton YMCA.   Fees vary based on residency in both locations. 

10) Truth Training - East Hampton located at 5 Railroad Ave. - Truth Training is a strength based workout, programming and lifestyle series that revolves around the "foundation" exercises.   Think of it as a P90X class right here live in the Hamptons with some of the best and most educated trainers around.     Click here for class schedules and rates.     

Ok, there it is.. 10 Great places to get your body ready for the beach.    Woah, this blog was exhausting.    Now, it's time for my burger, fries and beer at the Corner Bar in Sag Harbor!   Just kidding... off to the basement for my Peloton bike.   I don't want to see any of you losers when I work out!!!   Kidding again.... sort of.  

Friday, May 13, 2016

A BIG EMPTY SCOOP IN EAST HAMPTON... PLUS FINDING MY FURRY FRIEND A HOME!

Just what East Hampton needs before the season... another commercial property going vacant.  Yes, the scoop is that Scoop is shuttering it's doors on Newton Lane in the next weeks.   The two decade old luxury retailer is holding an inventory liquidation sale right now.   Known for their eclectic brands of high end duds,  rumor has it that the retailer will be shuttering all their doors in the next few weeks.   According to reports, they already shut their Soho outlet sometime earlier this week.   Soho...Soho??? Is that anywhere near the Tanger Mall in Riverhead?   Damn, I've been living here in the Hamptons too long.  ANYWAY, it's time to get your butt to the store before their inventory is gone!    If you can't make it, you can always go to their website www.scoopnyc.com,   where the discounts have already begun.


Speaking of sales and saving money,  the clock is ticking for Suffolk county homeowners looking to file for a property tax grievance.   The deadline is end of business day this Monday the 16th.   If you want more information, you can go to the NY State website and then click on your individual town.    You can also do a quick google search online for one of a number of tax reduction services.   Most of them don't charge anything unless you actually get a reduction.   If you do, they'll take about 50% of your first year's savings.   Check with each service about their individual fees and procedures.
Meet Mattie!!! 

Finally, a little bragging from me.   For the next few weeks, I'm working together with the folks at Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue in Southampton to feature an adoptable "Pet of the Week."   You can see the ad in Dan's Papers or follow me on Twitter or Instagram.   While I'm sure some of you out there would have preferred that I sponsor a "Penthouse Pet" of the week, I thought it would be more beneficial to feature the one that would likely be better company!    if you want more information about my buddy Mattie, check out www.gimmeshelteranimalrescue.org.


Have a great weekend everyone!


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

START FILLING THE CALENDAR, THE SUMMER BENEFIT SEASON WILL SOON BE HERE!

Cocktails on the beach!  

5/28/16 Kicking it all off this year is the GLBT Network of Long Island's Summer Kick-off.   Yes, there is a lot of kicking involved on this date.  But what did you expect from a gay event?    The Network is an association of non-profits that work to serve the LGBT community both young and old from Queens (the location) to... Montauk.  The group started a community center in the Hamptons, the first of it's kind on the east end.   In fact, all proceeds from this event are earmarked for the center located at the Whaler's Church in Sag Harbor.     The location is the Bridgehampton Surf an Tennis Club.. and this is the first big event of the season.   Tickets start at $250 till this Friday and then go to $300, which is pretty reasonable for a Hamptons event with open bar and appetizers.  The best reason to go: Other than the mingling and the scenery, the silent auction will feature everything from VIP spa treatments to having drinks with Bravo's Andy Cohen.  Potential Reason to skip it:  If you're expecting a scantily clad beach party forget it.  It's Memorial Day weekend on the ocean... it's more like sweaters and long pants. But hey, you're still on the beach and there hopefully won't be any snow!


6/4/16 Southampton Fresh Air Home Sale and Auction Benefit Gala - Southampton FAH provides a camp experience for physically challenged youth with sailing, swimming, hiking, etc.   The benefit which is called the "GREATEST YARD SALE ON EARTH" is held at their facility on Barkers Island Road in Southampton  It's one of the more mellow benefits of the season but it's a who's who mixer for everyone in Southampton.   Tickets start at $250 and go and up.     The best reason to go:  The furniture in the silent auction is amazing stuff... they're are also great trips and everything from teeth whitening to fishing trips available.  It's not Home Goods prices but there are still some good deals!    Potential reason to skip it:  The competition for best outfit is very stiff... don't go in your jeans and a t-shirt, this crowd really knows how to work a whale belt!

6/25/16 American Heart Association's Heart of the Hamptons -Is widely recognized as one of the premier philanthropic and festive events in the Hamptons. The Heart of the Hamptons Ball has raised over $2.5 million for the American Heart Association since it began 15 years ago.   The event is held at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton on Mitchell’s Lane. Tickets start at $500 and go up.    The best reason to go:  The Goody Bag is one of the best of the season!   Have you seen any wrinkles on my face lately!?  NO, that's because I got this amazing moisturizer in last years bag!   Potential Reason to skip it:   Just because you devour every passed hors d'ourves at the cocktail hour doesn't mean you have an inside track for winning those training sessions in the silent auction.  FAT ALARM!

Save the dates!!!! 
7/23/16 The Ellen Hermanson Starry Night Summer Gala - The foundation is unique in its commitment to helping breast cancer patients and their families cope with the changing nature of the physical and emotional aspects of breast cancer.  The foundation is responsible for also funding some amazing projects that have helped women and their families right here on the east end.   The event will be held this year at the Southampton Hospital grounds on Wicapogue and Olde Town Roads.  The event which features silent auction, cocktails and dancing starts at 7pm and tickets begin at around $400.    The best reason to go:  Dancing, dancing, dancing.... this party is fun.  It's for a serious cause but it doesn't mean you can's shake your booty!    Potential Reason to skip it:  If you're wishing for a quiet night with passed food and a string quartet, this is not your kind of party.