In the Street division of The American Planning Association’s 2014 Great Places in America, Sag Harbor’s Main Street has been named one of the top 10.
The area identified by the APA runs nine blocks from Long Wharf south to Jermain Avenue.
“Main Street has undergone many changes since its beginning in 1745, from a cosmopolitan global thoroughfare at the height of Sag Harbor’s whaling days in the 1820s and 1830s to its days as a scruffy blue-collar enclave in the 1950s,” the APA writes. “Today, village officials, business owners, residents, and visitors converge on Main Street as they go to work, do errands, shop, get coffee, eat a meal, or simply sit and watch the comings and goings of pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers.”
The APA gives shout outs to the village’s planning board and board of historic preservation and architectural review. The association also credits citizen involvement for maintaining the historic character of Main Street despite rising real estate costs.