Two powerhouses face off today: sentimental favorite Sag Harbor (reeling from a devastating downtown fire) which last week managed to blow away Water Mill, and powerhouse Bridgehampton, which most recently bested East Hampton Northwest.
Sag Harbor is the winner of several past Cups. The eatery in the former Harlow/B. Smith’s spot was briefly Decker’s this summer, and then was shuttered, and the rumor remains that it will one day be Le Bilboquet. Tutto il Giorno became Dopo la Spiaggia. A new park is planned for the downtown harbor area, to be called after John Steinbeck. Joy Behar purchased a new home near Bay Street Theater and Candace Bushnell also bought in the village. Of course, most recently the town suffered the loss of several buildings downtown, including the iconic cinema. It’s been quite a year.
Bridgehampton is always a force to reckon with in the Cup, yet has never won. This year’s Bridge news included a $40M sale near Sagg Pond, the opening of the new bar and restaurant Zigmund’s in what had been Fresh, and Christie Brinkley putting her lovely Tower Hill estate back on the market for $30M. The Gateway development proposal, after fierce opposition, was canned. And next year will see the premiere of the documentary Killer Bees about the local champion basketball team. Can Bridge unite everyone for a Cup win this year?