So what’s going on in the Hamptons? Basically, everyone’s cramming into the Blue Parrot in East Hampton, a little Mexican joint in a parking lot co-owned by Jon Bon Jovi, Ronald Perelman and maybe Jimmy Buffet.
Paul McCartney was in there twice last week, with girlfriend Nancy Shevell. He missed ex-wife Heather Mills, who made a splash at the Saturday Bridgehampton Polo matches sponsored by Mercedes Benz.
Blue Parrot is also hosting movie premiere dinners, and lots of other celebs. But the people who seem to be getting the most press this summer are the Real Housewives of New York. They go everywhere and get a lot of attention, at Blue Parrot, at Polo’s Blue Star Jets Field, and so on. I don’t watch the show, but maybe you do: Kelly Bensimon, Bettheny Frankel, Ramona Singer, Alex McCord ‘ they all want attention, and they’re getting it.
Also seen at Polo this summer, and around town: Lindsay Lohan’s bad news dad, Michael. He is not a celebrity.
Savanna’s restaurant in Southampton is also still hopping, which is a tribute to its longevity. Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky are regulars, so is Nobu’s Richie Notar, our old pal Rosanna Scotto from Fox 5 here in New York, and Howard Lutnick, who lost his brother and most of his employees tragically in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
No, it’s not the Hamptons of yore, that’s for sure. You’re not going to find Eugene O’Neill, John Reed, and Louise Bryant frolicking on the beach, or James Jones, Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller trading quips. Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock are long gone. But Sir Paul is still pretty exciting. And the drinks at the Polo matches are always mixed just right.
P.S. Out on Shelter Island, check out the Boltax Gallery. Summer is a good time to pick up deals at galleries (like you didn’t know). In New York, this is a good time to visit the Jim Kempner Gallery on Tenth Avenue, and Mary Ryan Gallery on West 25th St.