habitat

Way back in 1999, I lived in the servants’ quarters of an “antique” cottage on a tiny one-way lane, hidden on the east side of Georgica Pond. As I worked as an architect from its hot, spidery second-floor apartment, I heard the rumblings of something going on next door. New construction. Should be interesting to watch, I thought.
Not every old house that gets snapped up on the South Fork is razed to make way for a bigger one. Especially not in Sag Harbor, and especially not the house Alex Matthiessen bought in 2002.

Blackberries are one of the great culinary joys of late summer. They ripen at a time when most other berries are finishing, and though they tend to be a little sour when eaten fresh, they have fantastic flavor as well as a rich dark purple color when cooked. They are also great in that they are relatively easy to pick, since the berries are large...
The one-acre wooded lot overlooking Hog Creek in Springs where Peter Gamby and Julie Small-Gamby live feels secluded from its neighbors. It was an old spec house, Mr. Gamby said during a recent visit, and it wasn’t very expensive. When they bought it, in 1987, “the structure was in terrible shape, the creek was covered with ice, I couldn’t even...
The Star’s hunter-gatherer,Durell Godfrey, went looking for the coolest and niftiest stuff around. Fun to keep, good to give to a pal, or take away if you prefer. Remember to drive carefully, shop locally, and be kind to Mother Nature.
Garden tours, God bless ’em, begin in April and peak in June and July. Then, just when you think you’ve seen every breathtaking garden in the Hamptons, along comes Guild Hall’s late-season Garden as Art benefit with a knockout quartet of offerings, and up the primrose path we go again.
Mile-a-minute vine has established a foothold in East Hampton. It grows six inches a day and 20 feet in one season, can smother and kill anything in its wake, and can even cover phragmites, itself a rapacious invasive weed. Unlike other invasive plants, it would be fairly easy to contain or eliminate manually and with biological controls, if only...
What’s the point of having the luxury of a long view into the garden if it’s blocked by a conventional flower border?
The Star’s hunter-gatherer, Durell Godfrey, knows that accessories make an outfit and that a good accent piece brightens a room. Here are some specialties of the house worth a look. Her message for today? Accentuate the positive.
The work of Hans Hokanson, the Swedish-born sculptor who lived in East Hampton from 1961 until his death in 1997, is in many notable public and private collections, but a massive work that would be at home in a museum or a sculpture park such as the Storm King Art Center, where his other work is represented, has remained out of view in a secluded...
It was 1977 when Jane Maynard and her husband, Walter Maynard, went looking for land on which to build a second home. They were shown a 10.7-acre site at the end of a long driveway just off Georgica Road, right in the heart of East Hampton.
Craig Socia, who has designed hundreds, if not thousands, of gardens — English country, stylish contemporary, Mediterranean, you name it — began imagining what he would like to do at his own property from the moment he arrived on Accabonac Road in East Hampton in 1999. In the following dozen years or so, he created a compound of three houses, each...

Summertime is berry-picking time, and for those of us lucky to have berries in our gardens, it is also a time of challenges: getting to the ripened berries before the birds do, picking the berries before they rot or fall, and — in the case of the weekend gardener — remembering what weekend the berries will come in, so that we can clear our...