We're down to the final four in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Hamptons neighborhood of the year. There will be one matchup today and tomorrow, with the polls left open for 24 hours. The final showdown for the prestigious fake trophy will begin Wednesday. Please remember—no wagering.
As we noted yesterday, the big story of this Cup competition is the strength of towns west of the canal. Today, perennially popular Sag Harbor battles it out against Hampton Bays, which is on the upswing. Which will emerge victorious?
Red-hot Sag Harbor is the winner of several past Cups. It's looking to win again this year, and why not, with a perennially popular real estate market and a thriving downtown with great restaurants and shops? New hotel Baron's Cove opened this year with a well-regarded restaurant. The Harbor's Edge development opened for sales this year, while sales at Watchcase remain strong. Another condo development is planned for One Ferry Road, although town officials want to buy the property and turn it into a park. Speaking of which, resident Mike Gaynor has been the talk of the East End with his dueling with village government, which is documented in hilarious ads in the Sag Harbor Express.
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!"