The Star’s Biggest Online Stories of 2016

Smoke was billowing out the front of the Sag Harbor Cinema on the morning of Dec. 16 in what would be the worst fire on the South Fork in 22 years. Michael Heller

As we look toward a new year, it's also good to look back at all that happened in 2016. Perhaps it will be of little surprise that our most-read story of the year came just two weeks ago when a fire damaged several buildings on Main Street in Sag Harbor, including the iconic Sag Harbor Cinema.

In East Hampton, what captured our readers' attention thoughout most of the year was largely police news that we shared online, including several horrific accidents. But a few less distressing news items were reader favorites, too. Remember when Coldplay played the Talkhouse? Or that Showtime series "Billions"? 

So let's take a reflective look back at the 16 most-read stories of 2016, and here's to an even better 2017. To all of our readers, both online and in print, have a happy new year! 

Top 16 Stories of 2016

1. 'Catastrophic' Fire Devastates Sag Harbor Main Street Stores, Dec. 16

2. Southampton House Stars in New Showtime Series ‘Billions,' Jan. 10

3. Pre-Dawn Raid at Montauk's Malibu Motel Nets Three Arrests, Aug. 9 

4. Early Morning Accident Results in Injury, Arrest, Sept. 14 

5. Cops: 'Prince of Montauk' Was Driving High, June 21

6. Jack deLashmet, Garden Designer, Was 58, Feb. 2 

7. Cops: Drunken Driver Arrested, Passenger Seriously Injured in Springs Crash, Aug. 31

8. Alleged Drunken Driver Airlifted Off Maidstone Club Greens After Crash, July 2

9. Fatality in Montauk Traffic Accident, Oct. 18

10. Body Found at Rough Riders, Aug. 14

11. Town Charges 19 in Dawn Raid of Rented House, Sept. 2

12. Senior Pranks Spur Disciplinary Action at East Hampton High, May 27

13. Amagansett Manhunt Follows Robbery at Gunpoint in Montauk, Aug. 29

14. Thomas Gilbert Will Stand Trial, Aug. 18 

15. Coldplay Rocks Amagansett's Stephen Talkhouse, Aug. 8 

16. Bail Set at $11K for Former Bonac Football Star, July 2

Chris Martin and Coldplay's performance at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett in August was one of the highlights of the summer of 2016.Kevin Mazur
The driver of this older-model Mercedes that crashed onto the Maidstone Club's golf course over the July Fourth weekend survived the wreck, though he was charged with drunken driving. Hampton Pix