Reader favorite Hampton Bays became Curbed’s Town of the Year after winning last year’s Cup. One reader nominated the town thus: "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, quaint, close knit town, geographically perfect and the nicest residents and visitors are all here, not to mention some upcoming, exciting real estate developments!" Good luck to this scrappy little town this year.
Old favorite East Hampton has never won a Cup. Is this its year? Some new restaurants opened, including Service Station, while some old favorites closed, and new eateries are planned for 2017. A new ER is planned for Pantigo Place, and as usual, airport controversy swirled, with one group demanding its closure. As for real estate, David Geffen purchased an oceanfront estate on Lily Pond Lane for $70M. Lasata, the childhood home of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, was put on the market asking $38M, while Briar Patch, one of the most expensive listings in the US at $140M, languished unsold.