The Other New York – Hamptons
When you tell people you’re going to New York, they inevitably think of Broadway, Lincoln Center, Times Square, or Central Park West. These beaten tracks will always have their charm, but there is another New York, beyond New York City, that is infinitely more subtle, and rich in cultural treasure.
In the Hamptons, at the southeast fork of Long Island, there is a world of raw natural beauty, artistic expression, and fanatical nautical history. Real estate values are an accurate reflection of the wonder of this oft-forgotten New York, hidden under the glare of the nearby city.
Like the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX, the Parrish Art Museum, along Montauk Highway near Southampton, appears at first like a forlorn series of identical rooftops in the middle of nowhere. The Parrish is full of such delightful surprises. Even the architects, Herzog & de Meuron, called the outer structure “almost banal.” Inside you’ll find the warm, nostalgic portraits of William Merrit Chase and the dynamic originality of Minimalists like Malcolm Morley. Meanwhile in the concrete jungle of Manhattan, city-dwellers are already planning to flock to the Hamptons this summer for a glimpse at one of the most exciting triple exhibitions in American art today – Angels, Demons, and Savages: The works of Pollack, Ossorio, and Debuffet.
Further east on the island, about as far east as you can go, you’ll discover East Hampton Point, a restaurant that appears to be a the set of The Great Gatsby. In fact the restaurant itself is in a building constructed around an old racing sloop that set anchor on day and docked for good. Sailboats and yachts routinely dock at the Point’s grand-house for the finest delicacies and champagne on Long Island. The cottages on property make it the preferred location for weddings and special events, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait in line with Hamptons residents like Steven Spielburg, Gwyneth Paltrow, or Robert DeNiro.
When it comes to nightlife, even the Big Apple, can’t compare. The night belongs to the Hamptons, with world-renowned nightclubs like South Pointe, where you are as likely to bump into young Euro royals as corporate heiresses. But the Hamptons is also know as a home for jazz aficionados and lovers of chamber music thanks to The Southampton Cultural Center.
Make no mistake, The Hamptons would prefer to stay forgotten by the crowds that jam the streets of New York City, as long as they can continue to taste the finest art, cuisine, and music that the world has to offer.