August is an underrated time to visit Paris. In that month, it seems as though half the city has decamped to the beach. The streets are quiet, the blare of traffic having given way to a kind of Sunday-morning hush. And speaking of mornings, one of the nicest ways to spend it is with a stroll around the Marais in the third and fourth arrondissements. Once home to one of the city’s largest Jewish communities, the neighborhood has in recent years been a center of gay life, and, more recently, the favored haunt of the fashion crowd. There’s great shopping, good food, atmospheric cafés, and cobbled streets. Here are our favorite local spots:
North Fork-based ceramicist Chris Fanjul is a winemaker’s apprentice gone wrong. A former cellar rat at Paumanok Vineyards, in Aquebogue, he quit the business when he realized that owning his own winery wasn’t in his immediate future. Having majored in anthropology in college,the cultural scientist in him longed to make things with his hands. But it wasn’t until 2013, when he attended a pottery workshop at the Brick House Ceramic Art Center, in Long Island City, that he discovered he had a feel for clay. “I loved the nature of the wheel,” he recently recalled from his Mattituck studio in the basement of his home. “It was magic.”
Perennials are mainstays of many North Fork flower gardens, and for good reason. Unlike the annual impatiens and petunias and geraniums planted in pots and beds for the summer, perennials don’t need to be replanted every year. Perennials die back to the ground in winter but regrow the following spring. Their many colors from pastels to brights, flower forms and plant heights can be combined to create symphonies of bloom. The only problem with perennials is that most of them bloom for just a few all-too-brief weeks. The rest of the growing season they’re green and leafy. To have color in the flower garden from spring to fall you need to carefully orchestrate flowers with different blooming times to have something blooming throughout the growing season. The results can be breathtaking, but it does require planning, and who has enough time for that?
Easy Living in Jamesport – $649,000 The Goods – This two bedroom, three and a half bath condominium in Maidstone Landing with pond views is the most economical choice in the community. The finished basement has a spacious den, bar area and walkout patio. The main living area features a wall of windows overlooking the pond and woods, two-story cathedral ceilings add to the spaciousness. The unit has two decks creating an outdoor living experience. Maidstone Landing takes care of the landscaping, street maintenance and snow removal for its residents. The community amenities also include a clubhouse, pool, tennis courts and beach.
Why it’s a good deal – “When compared to other properties offered in this price range, you cannot find a home with all of the extras this community has to offer,” says listing agent Thomas McCloskey of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. “No community on the East End has the square footage, pool, tennis, clubhouse and beach with overhead this low.”
From the shores of the North Fork or from a boat traveling the Peconic River from the bay to the sound, a grand white structure sits peacefully atop a hill for all to see that pass by. A steep and lush green lawn spans the front of the building, while large trees shroud the surrounding property. It’s hidden away and protected by the surround waters of Shelter Island, with access granted to those who drive along Shore Road or arrive by boat to one of two docks. This is the Pridwin Hotel.
On the East End, there’s the North Fork and there’s the South Fork, and then there’s a little something in between. Shelter Island was cool before becoming a hashtag on Instagram, you just didn’t know it unless you, well, knew it. Settled in the mid-1650s, around the same time as the towns lining the twin forks, this small town spans less than 30 square miles, and proudly belongs to neither the North Fork or the Hamptons. Shelter Island is its own entity, but at least has two ferries to get you on and off the island, should you ever so choose.
Waterfront real estate in the Hamptons is worth Billions. The coastline of the East End is perhaps its most important asset. This is a conversation with Don Matthason, the local head of the Citizens Climate Lobby, a non-partisan advocacy organization focused on policies to address climate change.
Two evenings a month an impressive form of dinner theater takes place in Greenport.That’s when Taylor Knapp, a young chef, commandeers the kitchen at Bruce’s Cheese Shop. Some might call the ensuing production a one-man show. Knapp calls it Pawpaw, a pop-up restaurant. The pawpaw tree, or asimina triloba, grows wild in the eastern United States. For just a few weeks each year, its branches bear a heavy globular fruit of the same name. For Knapp, the fruit’s fleeting appearance, and disappearance, is an apt metaphor for the essence of seasonal and locally-driven cookery. Virtually every ingredient on the changing nine-course menu, which costs $60–not including beverages, tax, or tip–has come from North Fork farms, nearby woods, and local waters.
The North Fork real estate market is expected to be very busy this summer. The $500,000 and under range is the most active segment, while Greenport continues to be in strong demand. Inventory remains tight, causing prices to rise. With more buyers than sellers, properties priced well are going fast, often with multiple bids. As sales on the North Fork continue to be brisk, a strong finish to the year is predicted.
There are only 15 weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with 93 official days of summer. We’re now in the thick of it, soaking up every afternoon at the beach or night out dining alfresco. The cool tranquility and casual vibes of the North Fork are an attraction for those who live near and far. If you live near, you can probably expect guests for long weekends at some point or another. And while we essentially live outdoors in the summer months, being backyard-ready is a must every fair-weather season.