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! Please remember—no wagering.
Bridgehampton is well rested and ready to take on challenger Montauk. The town had a nice 2013. As always, polo and the Hampton Classic were places to see and be seen this summer. Southfork Kitchen closed; Fresh Hamptons opened in its place to good reviews. Billionaire Leslie Alexander opened an OTT wine club called Société du Vin. Carol Konner, local developer, bought the land opposite Bridgehampton Commons, and it's unclear now what will be built there. And in celeb news, the ex of Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford put his house on the market, as did Real Housewife Countess LuAnn.
Montauk fought a hard battle with two-time Curbed Cup champion Sag Harbor last week but ended up victorious. Lots of change there in 2013. Two local institutions were sold--Gurney's Inn for a reported $25 million; Gurney's is currently being refurbished by the new owners. The East Deck Motel was sold for a reported $15 million and the rumor is that it will become a private surf club. A Ponzi scheme was discovered at the Panoramic View. MTK Café went away. Endless amounts of discussion ensued about Army Corps of Engineers plans to shore up the vulnerable downtown. Fort Pond House was saved as a park, and taxi anarchy continued. In real estate, agents crowned Montauk as the hottest market in the Hamptons. Can't wait to see what 2014 holds.