Ever since the days of Peggy Guggenheim, the art world has been torn between substance and price. In her 1960 memoir, she said, “The entire art market had become an enormous business venture”; prices were “unheard of.” Many collectors, she said, buy “what is the most expensive, place pictures in storage and phone their gallery every day for the latest quotation as though they were waiting to sell stock.” I just finished reading “Boom” by Michael Shnayerson. The subtitle is “Mad Money, Mega Dealers and the Rise of Contemporary Art.” He describes how art has become a currency for the ... 20 Jan 2020 by Staff Writer
One of the worst parts about having the luxury to go on vacation is that visiting another beautiful place can make you waver in the commitment you have for your home. Like me, among the long leaf pines of North Carolina, walking deeper and deeper each day into a newfound love, you might reconsider everything. Sand hills give way to horse country, an outskirts community of large and yet modest estates, all of them connected by trails and unimproved roads. Early, sun-filled mornings, and horses are the only traffic. Bluebirds enjoy the break between these farms and the wilderness; dozens ... by Staff Writer
Montauk, New York—March 23, 2070: The bare canes of the hydrangea that I had forgotten to prune last fall were tap-tapping against one of the storm windows outside my den. All the glass softly rattled as a late spring rain pelted against the south-facing cottage wall. Looking out across my lawn, which sloped down to Lake Montauk, I could see the last clouds of the late spring storm blowing themselves out. We should have sunshine soon. I could walk the dog, and the grandkids could get out of the house for fresh air and exercise. In the meantime, while the ... by Staff Writer
The thing about State Senator Kenneth LaValle, who just announced that he will not be running for reelection, is that, above all, he is an educator. He has been a senator since 1977 — indeed, he is the longest-serving member of the New York State Senate. Later in life, he obtained a law degree. But it was Mr. LaValle’s experience in education that led him into a prominent role in government. Leon Giuffreda, in 1966, took office as a state senator for the same district that Mr. LaValle has represented, the 1st District, which includes most of Brookhaven and all ... by Staff Writer
Bridgehampton School High school students participated in a career day organized by Equity First Foundation. Students met in small groups with 12 individuals representing various industries. Activities included using fictitious profiles to solve budgeting and financial challenges. They then presented their solutions with the assistance and advice of several of the business advisers. The students also listened to Wendy Rodriguez, who served as guest/motivational speaker. Ms. Rodriguez is president of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, a health care advocate for the Brentwood community and Brentwood School District, and founder of “Empowering Women TV and Radio.” She spoke of multiple personal ... by My27east
Legislators will tell you that laws are created to keep us civilized. By handing the citizens an enormous set of rules to follow, the logic is, we will get along better than we would without. The men who wrote the Constitution might have hoped all the rules had been made by now — but what they didn’t count on was how frivolous and industrious the republic would evolve to be. We do not need to make leaf blowers illegal. Rather, we need to shape the law in a positive, empowering light. What needs to be legal is that only you, ... 14 Jan 2020 by Staff Writer
It’s over there somewhere, through the light fog of a ridiculously warm January evening, looking out from the Mary Ellen out of Orient Point: the coastal New London home that hosted the real-life adventures that later became an excruciating literary classic, Eugene O’Neill’s “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” which features a torturous family firing their resentments at each other until the night — and the play — mercifully ends. I don’t know which it is; I’ve been meaning to ask. I could probably solicit the book in my hand: “Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts,” by Robert M. ... 13 Jan 2020 by Staff Writer
This was DuWayne Gregory’s last week as a Suffolk County legislator. Until the start of this year, he had been presiding officer of the legislature, first elected to the post in 2014 by his fellow legislators. But because of term limits, Mr. Gregory, a Democrat from Copiague, chose to give up his legislative seat as of January 15 to become a member of the Babylon Town Board. He was reelected to the legislative seat this past November. It would have been his sixth two-year term, the maximum for county legislators, as set in a 1993 countywide referendum. There are positives ... by Staff Writer
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