The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Hamptons neighborhood of the year, has whittled the eight towns/villages/hamlets vying for the prestigious fake trophy down to four. This week will decide which of those remaining areas move onto to the final round for a shot at Curbed Cup glory. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!
Our #2 seed, Montauk, took care of East Hampton without breaking much of a sweat. You're not surprised, are you? "The End" had a ridiculously busy 2012. The Montauk Beach House replaced the old Ronjo. Swallow East opened to solid reviews. Dave's Grill was voted one of Zagat's best East End eateries. The Surf Lodge stayed out of trouble. And the Montauk Lighthouse became a historic landmark. It felt like every day, we heard about another major change happening in the drinking town with a fishing problem It wasn't all good news for longstanding businesses, though. The Montauk Movie might be shuttering for good and Ronnie's Deli, sadly, already did.
While Montauk grabbed most of the headlines over the last 12 months, Bridgehampton offered up a few notable stories of its own. The Topping Rose House opened to, for the most part, rave reviews. Goldman's CEO shelled out for a seven acre spread. 260 Jobs Lane found a buyer before it was finished. Edible held their first Food Truck Derby. Hip Hop royalty rented the Sandcastle. And, for the coffee lovers, Java Nation found a new home there.
· All Curbed Cup 2012 coverage [Curbed Hamptons]