LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Every August, I have the same feeling: How is summer over already? We plan our issues of Hamptons magazine in the cold months of winter, longing to see the pages come alive during the warm months and to live the activities, try the restaurants, and visit the cultural institutions that we highlight for you. And then, poof, like that, it seems it’s over. This summer sped by unbelievably quickly, and that’s due in part to an evolving market. The Hamptons truly has become more of an international setting, with skyrocketing home rentals and sales, more full-time homeowners traveling (it did seem like everyone was in Greece or Italy this summer!), and more new restaurants and stores opening custom outlets and pop-up shops than ever before (how could you even get to all of them?!). All of these signs point to the fact that this is a thriving community.
Year after year, I believe the Hamptons is truly the most special place in the world. I’ve proudly told its stories for close to a decade and have the great honor of working side by side with publisher Debra Halpert, going into what will be the magazine’s celebratory 40th anniversary next year. The depth and character of the people who live here—the restaurant and shop owners who commit to establishments in our community and to our families and friends and the new people we meet on the East End—make it a magical place to enjoy old friends and family and celebrate with new ones.
This issue has some not-to-bemissed pieces that reveal just how much the Hamptons is evolving and explore some towns you may be less familiar with. Michael Meldman’s Discovery Land Company has opened Dune Deck in Westhampton Beach; Lisa Rose’s Rosemoor Equestrian in Jamesport, which once served as a polo farm, is en route to becoming the North Fork’s premier hunter and jumper farm; and the Boathouse Shelter Island is a new chic and rustic 4,000-square-foot private event space overlooking West Neck Harbor, where local music icon Billy Joel recorded his album River of Dreams. All of this is to say that from Westhampton to Montauk, some truly amazing things are happening.
From our Hamptons magazine family to yours, enjoy the rest of the summer, and we look forward to seeing you on Memorial Day weekend of 2018 for the start of our 40th-anniversary summer!
above, from left: With Robyn Lea, Laurie Gelman, Elizabeth Vargas, Marissa Hermer, Jessica Siskin, Annie Falk, and Alex Guarnaschelli, toasting their books at East Hampton Library’s Authors Night; with Lauran and Charlie Walk and my husband, David, at Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink, raising funds for BCRF. right: With Aryeh Bourkoff at his company Liontree’s Southampton celebration. below: With Rachel Zoe at her pop-up at What Goes Around Comes Around in East Hampton.