Happy Tuesday! The Hamptons enjoyed spectacular weather over the weekend, which was a fine way indeed to kick off the season. That said, this does seem to be the summer of alternative summer plans. For starters, J. Crew at 14 Main Street in East Hampton, which was heavily damaged in an April fire, is moving into the old Kate Spade store at 17 Newtown Lane. “We found a summer rental,” the store says in signs installed on the property, pictured above. “Sadly, no ocean view.” (Kudos to J. Crew for having a sense of humor.)
The pop-up opens June 16, across the street from where J. Crew was once located six or seven years ago. It will carry beachwear, staples and things that designers like Cynthia Rowley pack for weekends in Montauk. We dig the cute elephant on the sign, by the way.
Fun fact: The two-story building at 17 Newtown lane, built in 1917, was the original fire station in East Hampton, according to this broker listing. Hopefully that brings good luck and many smoke-free nights to the J. Crew pop-up.
Speaking of fire…
We really, really do not enjoy reporting on fires…so could every business stop burning down, please? Over the weekend, World Pie in Bridgehampton, everybody’s favorite purveyor of pizza, caught on fire — though thanks to the speedy work of local firefighters, the building is still standing. The sparks started in the basement, apparently, and firefighters were forced to cut holes in the floor to vent the flames, according to the East Hampton Star.
“Thank you to everyone who showed your support and concern,” World Pie said on its Facebook page, in announcing its alternative summer plans. “We are planning to be up and running in about three weeks with a celebratory reopening. Stay tuned for more updates.”
Just a friendly reminder, if you own a business, it might be time to check your insurance policies. (Here’s a helpful list provided by the Small Business Administration of insurance you should have.) Don’t forget about business interruption insurance, which covers lost income if a fire were to knock out your storefront. Which it won’t. But just in case.
One if by sea…
So with all this talk of fire, let’s throw some sea water at this dispatch. Our friends at the Hampton Jitney, without whom we’d probably never get to Manhattan and back, has partnered with ferry service Sea Streak to offer — wait for it — Sea Jitney! If you’re leaving from the city, the boat will pick you up at the E. 35th Street pier, heading up the East River to Long Island Sound, dropping you off at Port Jeff, where you’ll catch a regular old Jitney to your favorite points east. How about that. A sample fare leaving this Friday from Manhattan and arriving in Southampton is $50, plus $10 if you want to bring your bike. Not exactly cheap, but less expensive than a helicopter (and a lot quieter, too).
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