12 Popular Behind The Hedges Magazine Articles in 2022

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As 2022 draws to a close, we are reflecting on the year in real estate, including looking back at all our Behind The Hedges magazines. It was a big year for us — we produced 12 magazines for Dan’s Papers, launched Behind The Hedges Powered By The Long Island Press, another publication owned by our parent company, Schneps Media and we also expanded our real estate coverage to South Florida with Behind The Hedges Palm Beach.

Once the magazine gets in our readers’ hands, it’s had to gauge their favorite, but thanks to feedback and readership online, we have an inkling! Here are some of our most popular magazine articles from 2022 (in no particular order).

Zibby Owens
One of podcaster and author Zibby Owens’ favorite places in her Hamptons home is on the couch, where she curls up with her dog,Nya, and a good book.Lenny Stucker

At Home in the Hamptons With — Zibby Owens

In our July magazine, we sat down with the award-winning podcast host Zibby Owens.

The busy mom of four is behind the popular, “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books,” where she has interviewed First Lady and Senator Hillary Clinton, First Lady Jill Biden, singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, actress Natalie Portman, and hundreds of other New York Times bestselling writers. She had also just recently released her memoir, Bookends, out July 1, and launched a publishing company, Zibby Books, and as well as a podcast network. We’re tired just thinking about all that!

Owens and her husband, Kyle Owens, bought their Hamptons house three years ago, and they let us in to talk books, family and managing it all — and, of course, her favorite spots to read! Read her story in the magazine here.

Léon 1909, Shelter Island
The wood-burning hearth anchors the main dining room at Léon 1909.Douglas Young

Léon 1909, a Provençal-style Eatery, Transforms Former Shelter Island Bank

For our Labor Day issue, we took the ferry over to Shelter Island to visit the new restaurant, Léon 1909. But, we traveled not just for the food (though we do travel for food!), but to see the amazingly transformed space.

Valerie Mnuchin and her father Robert Mnuchin, the art dealer and former banker, opened the Provençal-style restaurant in a most unexpected place — a former bank. For those of us who remember the bank, it is unrecognizable and the ambiance is as good as the food. Check it out.

Behind The Hedges magazine, 2022, year in review, The Pridwin, Shelter Island
After a two-year renovation, the Pridwin has opened for the summer 2022 season.Tria Giovan

At the New Pridwin on Shelter Island, Character Lives On

Speaking of Shelter Island, Hedges also featured the newly renovated Pridwin this summer. The classic summer resort overlooking the Peconic Bay across to Greenport has existed, mainly in the same form, for over 95 years. After 60 years of running the hotel, the Petry family took on a partner, Cape Resorts, which runs Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, among others, and a transformation to a year-round resort occurred. Step inside with us in the pages of our July issue.

History, podcast, Our Hamptons
Irwin Levy and Esperanza Léon are the voices behind “Our Hamptons” podcast, which delves into South Fork history.Richard Lewin and Irwin Levy photos

Rich Conversation, Deep History and Soul In Our Hamptons Podcast

The preservation, history and soul of the East End took center stage in our Labor Day issue it seems. Irwin Levy and Esperanza León shared what brought them to start a podcast called Our Hamptons, in May. It has quickly grown in popularity as they tackled difficult issues, including balancing preservation and real estate development. Their very first episode focused on the Amagansett neighborhood of Poseyville, home to many baymen, and now undergoing major development. Learn more about how you can listen, click here.

Sara Gore, SERHANT.
Charlee Moss

Sara Gore Explores Real Estate From Montauk to Manhattan and Beyond

Emmy-winning lifestyle host Sara Gore, one of America’s most recognized television personalities, especially when it comes to the world of real estate, graced the cover of our October issue of Hedges in Dan’s Papers and the September issue of Hedges Powered By the Long Island Press. Her show, Open House, a nationally syndicated real estate, architecture and design show, was just kicking off its 15th season featuring some of the country’s most beautiful homes and offers inspiration from the industry’s top designers and most in-demand brokers. We chatted with Gore about not only real estate, but her love of food (real estate and food really do go together!). Read the magazine here.

Gurney's Montauk
Plenty to dip your toe in at the new spa, from the thermae baths to a dual frigidarium.Courtesy of Gurney’s Resorts

Iconic Gurney’s Montauk Unveils New Seawater Spa

The Southold Academy’s Place in North Fork History

Off Main Road in Southold is Horton’s Lane, a residential street that holds the small-town feel of the North Fork, even as it has grown busier and more popular in recent years. A red building on Traveler Street, once a schoolhouse, has been home to Academy Printing, a commecial print shop, since 1948. It went on the market earlier this year, but its history is priceless. Learn more in the pages of our Memorial Day magazine.


Norman Jaffe
The home at 15 Horseshoe Lane in Old Westbury was designed by Norman Jaffe.Courtesy of The Corcoran Group

A Norman Jaffe Architectural Showpiece in Old Westbury

From the pages of Behind The Hedges Powered By the Long Island Press in May, we featured a Norman Jaffe-designed home on the maket in Old Westbury. Jaffe, known throughout the Hamptons for his architectural masterpieces, including this house on a stone wall base, built in 1977. “Poised above the stone, and setting up a powerful contrast, are elegant wood enclosures of contemporary form and detail. A thin ribbon of glass sets the two materials apart,” treads a description of the house in the Architectural Record’s publication of the 20 homes selected for the 1978 Awards of Excellence for Design. See more of it here.

Beechwood, floor plans, Westhampton
Steven Dubb with his father, Michael Dubb, the founder of The Beechwood Organization, with plans at Country Pointe Estates, one of their two new projects in Westhampton Beach.Judy Walker

Vision Required: Buying Straight From Floor Plans Offers Big Benefits

It takes some vision and foresight, but there are plenty of benefits to buying a Hamptons home off floor plans — especially in this economic climate. “What it allows you to do is to lock in the price of your house,” says Steven Dubb, the principal at The Beechwood Organization, a Jericho-based company founded by his father, Michael Dubb, that has built more than 7,500 homes in 60 communities across the New York metro area since 1985. We took a tour of Beechwood’s latest development in Westhampton Beach for an inside look at buying off floor plans and you can too, in our magazine pages.

Christa Wilm of Christa’s South Seashells and an example of some of her most intricate work.Annie Watt Photography/Warren Jagger for Parker Construction

Master Craftsman: Christa Wilm of Christa’s South Seashells

Back in March of 2022, our first winter in Palm Beach, we met Christa Wilm, who has taken seashell art to a whole new level. From her Christa’s South Seashells in West Palm Beach, she fashions high-quality, often functional seashell art and masterminds custom, intricate and unusual seashell pieces, fabricating furniture and fitted wall panels, even ceilings, all while working with a bevy of acclaimed designers and architects. The photographs are certainly something to be seen!

Father's Day
In Hamptons real estate, several fathers work with their children in the business.Courtesy photos

Special for Father’s Day: Keeping Real Estate in the Family

For Father’s Day 2022, Behind The Hedges celebrated real estate professionals who are not only fathers but who work closely together in the business with their children. It’s a unique relationship that presents challenges, from simple matters, like how to address one another in front of clients, to how to achieve a balance between work and personal life. Read the stories of several father-son/daughter teams on the East End.

Dore Ashton
Dore Ashton, left, owned the bungalow at 314 Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton since 1971. The home and the large outdoor deck were where Ashton entertained many artist friends and colleagues.Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com and The Corcoran Group

Art History Lived Here

It’s a familiar scene: friends sitting around a table, rubbing elbows, sharing laughter and good food, with drinks flowing. Except these friends are acclaimed artists, such as Robert Motherwell and Lee Krasner, all guests of the house’s owner, Dore Ashton, whose work as an art critic helped make them all household names.

For about 45 years, the unassuming house, not far from Three Mile Harbor, was where Ashton lived, enjoying summers with her children and doing research — both with books and during her many dinner parties, which her daughter Paris Marina Devereaux recounted in a conversation with Behind The Hedges when she put her mother’s home on the market. Though it has since sold, Ashton’s life is worth reading about in our April issue  — I know I enjoyed learning more about this woman ahead of her time!

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