The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Hamptons neighborhood of the year, has whittled the sixteen towns/villages/hamlets vying for the prestigious fake trophy down to eight. 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.
New to the Cup competition, Hampton Bays was seeded highly this year owing to the enthusiastic nominations by readers. Take it away: "Best restaurants (Canal Café, Edgewater, Villa Paul, Cowfish, Rumba, The Inn Spot, 1 North, Sundays on the Bay, Oakland's, Orlando's Café, Hampton Maid to name a few), freshest seafood, most glorious and beautiful bays and beaches, best shopping/services (Scotto's Pork Store, Gemelli Gelato, Wild By Nature, the BEST King Kullen, Shinnecock Hardware, Skidmore's, Fandango, Erika's, The Tin Roof Gifts Inspired By the Sea, Hampton Maid gift shop, E Day Salon/Spa, antique shops), quaint, close knit town, geographically perfect and the nicest residents and visitors are all here, not to mention some upcoming, exciting real estate developments!"
Second-seeded Amagansett, a former Cup winner, wants to regain its past title. One commenter enthused: "Amagansett, hands down! Most unpretentious and plenty of breathing room, even in summer. Best beaches." The town has a hot real estate market, particularly in the Lanes, where actors Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber put their attractive home up for sale. The home of architect Francis Fleetwood, who died earlier this year, was also put on the market, asking nearly $20M. And the Clintons made Amagansett their summer vacation spot again this year.