Some made life better, or a little bitter. Others inspired us, amused us, even confused us. A toast to the ideas, good and bad, that made 2012 unforgettable on the East End.
Good Idea: Fixing County Road 39 to reduce traffic congestion
Bad Idea: Fixing County Road 39 at the height of summer traffic
Good Idea: The Tatewich, a combination of Tate’s cookies and Joe & Liza’s ice cream proven to be the perfect locavore dessert.
Bad Idea: Duck Sushi, which our collective palates allow us to discuss no further
Good Idea: Officially designating the Montauk Lighthouse as a National Historic Landmark
Bad Idea: Officially changing the name of Theodore Roosevelt County Park to Montauk County Park
Good Idea: Banning plastic bags in Southampton
Bad Idea: Banning plastic bags in Southampton
Good Idea: Jason Kidd buying a house in the Hamptons and joining the NY Knicks
Bad Idea: The NY Mets trading Cy Young Award-winner RA Dickey to Toronto. Now he’ll never move to the East End.
Good Idea: Bay Street Theatre staying in Sag Harbor
Bad Idea: Staying in Diddy’s East Hampton home if you’re not Diddy
Good Idea: Tall Ships Memorial Day festival in Greenport
Bad Idea: Boating without your Suffolk County mandated safe-boating certificate
Good Idea: Hamptons Collegiate Baseball becoming their own independent summer league
Bad Idea: Throwing baseballs with your phone number written on them to girls in the stands during the MLB playoffs
Good Idea: Celebrating winners on Shelter Island like Olympic sailor Amanda Clark-Nissen and hoops star Kelsey McGayhey
Bad Idea: Discouraging winning at Southampton High School by eliminating distinction for valedictorian and salutatorian.
Good Idea: Buying a house in the Hamptons far away from the airport
Bad Idea: Having the FAA reroute flights over your home
Good Idea: Holding $50,000-a-plate presidential fundraisers in the Hamptons
Bad Idea: Being quoted as saying, “I just think if you’re lower income—one, you’re not as educated, two…they don’t understand how the systems work,” at a $50,000-a-plate Hamptons fundraiser
Good Idea: Liking Dan’s Papers on Facebook
Bad Idea: Investing your life savings in the Facebook IPO
Good Idea: Opening the new Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill
Bad Idea: Leaving the old Parrish space in Southampton empty
Good Idea: Throwing a party for friends at your Hamptons house
Bad Idea: Throwing a party for friends in Shinnecock Bay during low tide, then having to be rescued during high tide
What were the best, and worst, things you encountered on the East End in 2012? Share them in the comments below!