Category Archives: Beach

Beach Benches

Last summer, Westporters complained about crowds at Compo Beach.

This afternoon, there was plenty of room for everyone.

(Photos/Samuel Wang)

 

 

 

Day Tripper

Yesterday’s New York Times NY/Region section included a “Day Trip” feature to Westport.

Readers in the tri-state area — around the world, really — learned some interesting things about our town.

The itinerary begins at Match Burger Lobster, Staples grad Matt Storch’s new restaurant next to Fleishers Craft Butchery. Who knew that his kitchen crew shucks more than 500 pounds of lobster each week — or that lobster tastes better in winter, because cold water makes it sweeter?

From the restaurant, the story suggests, visitors can walk over the William F. Cribari Bridge. It’s named, the Times says, for “a beloved traffic conductor,” though “beloved traffic cop” is a bit clearer.

Bill Cribari, “beloved traffic conductor.” (Photo montage courtesy of Paul Ehrismann)

“The short span provides vistas of the nautical town and entree to uninterrupted sidewalks through a Gold Coast neighborhood of mansions that are not above running weekend tag sales,” the paper excitedly reports.

The next 3 paragraphs talk about F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s 1920 rental on Compo Road South, near the Longshore entrance. Friends said the couple were “reveling nude in the orgies of Westport,” even though Zelda called the town “unendurably dull.” Imagine what they would have done in a livelier place!

F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald slept — and partied — here.

“Day Trip” moves on to “secluded Compo Beach.” The Times describes it as “rocky (and) shell-studded….Tranquil and contemplative in winter, the sunsets are gorgeous.”

The final part of a day in Westport, apparently, should be a stop at the Black Duck. The paper calls it a “watering hole,” and singles out this feature: the $11 martini.

The martini “may be the biggest on the Eastern Seaboard, a further way to unwind after a leisurely day. Founded in 1978, too bad it wasn’t around for the Fitzgeralds,” the Times concludes, with both lame humor and a dangling modifier.

The best place for an $11 martini. (Photo/Chou Chou Merrill)

(Hat tip: Peter Perry)

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Crows at Compo (Photo/Amy Schneider)

Photo Challenge #153

Positano has been gone from Old Mill for nearly 3 years. But “06880” readers have not forgotten it.*

Even though it’s abandoned and empty, current and ex-Westporters recognized Dana Kuyper’s photo of the interior — with Long Island Sound in the background — as that popular restaurant. Many referenced its much-loved predecessor — Cafe de la Plage — too. (Click here for the photo.)

Congratulations to Fred Cantor, Mary Palmieri Gai, Chip Stephens, Rich Stein, Christopher Buckley, Luke Garvey, David Sampson, Jonathan McClure, Linda Amos, Tom Siebrasse, Linda Stern, Dana Brownell, Marion Kelly, Cindy Zuckerbrod, Stephanie Bass, Ralph Balducci, Bert Reisman, Sandy Rothenberg, Shirlee Gordon, Kelle Ruden, David Abrams, Mitzi Lyman, Peter Swift, Stephanie Ehrman, Seth Goltzer, Fran White, Grover Fitch, Eileen Belmont, Andrea Metchick, Mary Ann Batsell, Claire Hurley, Ken Palumbo, Rosalie Kaye, Peter Ritchey, Mike Moore, Mark Soboslai, Amy Katz and Jeanine Esposito. You know your old restaurants!

But do you know where this week’s photo challenge was taken? If you think you do, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

*Nor should anyone else. It’s still serving great food, at its new location next to the Westport Country Playhouse.

Pic Of The Day #229

Old Mill Beach, this morning (Photo/Elizabeth Marks)

James Comey, The Bible, The Buddha And Westport

Yesterday, James Comey joined 800 million other Instagram users.

Perhaps it was a coincidence — he may have finally gotten around to unpacking all those boxes, following the sale of his Greens Farms home and being fired as FBI director — but his first-ever post got a lot more attention than most people’s cats or restaurant meals.

Shortly after Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to (whoa!) the FBI, Comey — who snagged the pretty-obvious-but-apparently-untaken username “Comey” — posted a just-subtle-enough biblical verse: “But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” 

He illustrated it with a lovely photo of an ever-flowing stream.

It quickly racked up over 21,000 likes.

However, it was his 2nd — and so far, final — photo that makes this an “06880”-worthy story.

Two hours ago, Comey posted this shot:

It’s a scene every Westporter is familiar with — and loves.

So does Comey. His caption: “Beautiful Long Island Sound from Westport, CT. To paraphrase the Buddha — Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun; the moon; and the truth.”

It’s already gotten over 8,000 likes.

Many of his Instagram followers agree with his message.

But whatever your politics, “06880” readers agree: This “Comey” guy knows a beautiful sunset when he sees one.‬

 

Pic Of The Day #225

Compo Beach, in the cold (Photo/Patricia McMahon)

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Sunset at Schlaet’s Point (Photo/Seth Goltzer)

Anne Hathaway Moves Here?

If you believe the New York Post‘s Page Six, Westport has welcomed a boldface name new neighbor:

Anne Hathaway and husband Adam Shulman are spending Thanksgiving weekend in their brand-new seaside hideaway on the Connecticut shore.

Locals are buzzing that the couple has bought a $2.8 million, 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom home near Compo Beach in tony Westport, Conn. A spy spotted the new neighbors picking up Thanksgiving supplies in a local store.

New neighbors?

The 1920s cottage for the pair — who purchased a $2.55 million Upper West Side apartment last year — is 5,000 square feet built on 1 acre with an AGA range, an outdoor kitchen and “ornamental English gardens,” according to a listing.

Reps didn’t get back to us.

A search of recent real estate transactions did not turn up a sale to either the award-winning actress or her husband. However, Westporters have spotted her around town for a while now.

Meanwhile, here’s my question: Since when is a 5-bedroom, 5-bath house a “cottage”?

Pic Of The Day #222

Compo Beach kayaks (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)