Some might consider Alan and Stuart Match Suna the Bob and Harvey Weinstein of the Hamptons, especially given the latter’s long involvement in the Hamptons International Film Festival and a more Harvey-like outgoing personality. But now the focus is on Alan Suna thanks to becoming the new owner of a home on Abrahams Path in East Hampton, which cost him $3.2 million.
He already owns a well-known commercial property, with his brother—Silvercup Studios. The Sunas have done well for themselves in recent years because of a steady diet of feature films, but mostly TV productions using their two studios under the Silvercup banner in Long Island City. (In 2015, The Real Deal reported that the brothers had embarked on building a new 120,000-square-foot facility in the Port Morris section of the Bronx.)
Among the shows that have been shot at Silvercup Studios during the last decade or so are “The Sopranos,” “30 Rock,” “Gossip Girl,” “Person of Interest,” “Elementary,” “Sex and the City,” and “Person of Interest.” Big-screen projects have included the comedies “New Year’s Eve,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” and “The Sitter.” All told, the movie and television sector in New York City generates $7.1 billion annually in direct spending, and no doubt the Sunas’ desirable real estate in Long Island City sees some of that.
Alan Suna’s new weekend retreat is a newly-constructed, 4,400-square-foot house that overlooks the East Hampton Golf Club, which was designed by golf legend Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. The traditional two-story residence is on 1.6 acres, with 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, 3 fireplaces, eat-in chef’s kitchen, and a theater, gym, and wine cellar. Outside, the new enjoy and guests can enjoy a heated pool, another fireplace, oversized bluestone patio, a covered porch, and custom-landscaped grounds.
Some readers of a certain age will think of “Silvercup” differently. Yes, that Silvercup was for decades a well-known bakery building. It closed in 1975, and four years later the brothers’ father, Harry, bought it and had the vision to try the space as a studio. The first venture was on June 15, 1983, when a Cool Whip commercial was filmed there.